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04-18-2007, 04:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Rabid Ranger View Post
How you describe what Backes' can become is exactly what kind of player Shane Doan is now: a gritty forward who can score 25-30 goals and 55-65 points.
To begin with RR I agree that Doan is vastly overrated. He's closer to a true top 6 forward than Backes is just because his skills are higher overall. His shot is better and he's a much better skater and he's more physical and is already a proven leader on his club at a young age. I think he lacks the true high end skills that I'd like to see on a top 3 forward, but in his case intangibles take him to another level. This was not always the case with Doan as he developed as a player, something Backes will do as well. I just don't see Backes as having the tool set that Doan has. Doan's much faster and his hands are slightly better, pretty much the same things that separate all the elite players from the not so elite ones. So, no, I don't see Doan as a real top 6 forward but he's closer to it than Backes.

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