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04-18-2007, 04:10 PM
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Originally Posted by 2ForRoughing View Post
Backes certainly had solid flashes last year and moments when he displayed a nice skill set including a good shot and nice hands around the net. I have no doubt that he'll be a consistent 20 - 25 goal scorer and good for about 45 - 60 points per year. I also have no doubt that he'll be a good character player for the Blues. I'm very fond of Backes as an outstanding depth player for the Blues but I simply do not see the high end skill associated with being a true top 6 forward at the NHL level. His hands are good but don't make up for his lack of first step quickness. Jason Spezza can get away with being an average skater. Backes can't. Additionally his skating isn't so great to make up for essentially good but not truly high end hands. Doan he isn't. Doan has another set of jets to burn past defensemen that Backes lacks. Backes lacks one great aspect to his game, whether it be skating, or reads in the offensive zone or great playmaking skills or a truly great shot. He has nice skills and a great attitude apparently and works hard for the team. A nice addition to any team, but not a top 6 forward in a Cup worthy team with solid NHL level top end scoring and sufficient depth.
2for, a few questions for you.

1. Did you consider Carolina last year to be a "Cup-worthy team?" If not, why not?

2. Do you consider Erik Cole to be a legitimate top 6 forward on that Cup-winning team? If not, why not?

3. What does Erik Cole have, other than NHL experience, that Backes does not?

Doan is a much better skater (currently) than Backes; Cole, however, is not significantly better than Backes in skating skills, and Cole is a 25-30 goal, 55-60 point player year in and year out.

I see a comparison of Backes to Cole as being much more realistic than a Backes-Doan analogy. Agree or disagree?


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