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07-03-2007, 01:35 AM
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I'm not a huge Tootoo fan but I think a fair analysis of his potential around here is rare.

The thing I think is rarely mentioned is his speed. It's decent and he uses it to get to people and we know he can deliver clean punishing hits (along with the not clean). He needs to use it to improve on the forecheck and to create some offensive opportunity. IMO he has the speed, hands and grit potential to be a junior Scott Walker if it all falls into place, which is to say a solid 3rd liner with scoring punch (or is that a 1st liner on a bad expansion team that can't score....).

He now has to prove he can play a toned down gritty checking game (Reed Low, Matt Barnaby, type game). I still think he can find a 12-15 goal pace. In fact, Barnaby may be a good role model for him if he can have a career year like this:

Season Team GP G A TP PIM +/-
1996-97 BUFF, NHL 68 19 24 43 249 16

His biggest problem, identified above, is maturity. He's run out of time to be a kid and make it in a man's league.

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