Speed vs. Power
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02-24-2007, 12:42 AM
Join Date: Dec 2006
I think really the key term is "skating," and not necessarily speed. Obviously there's a place for speed in the NHL, there always has been. But you need to balance that with power, and those power guys need to be able to skate.
If you're not a particularly gifted team when it comes to speed or quickness, positioning and skating can go a long way with size and power to neutralize that speed. But the NHL overall has done a 180 from what it used to be, dominated by power with select speed, and now dominated by speed with select power.
I think it's cyclical. Eventually the players coming into the NHL will adapt, and we'll have some more power guys who have increased foot speed and better skating.
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