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Better skating: Pernell Karl Subban or Nathan Beaulieu

View Poll Results: Who is the better skater?
Pernell Karl Subban 39 59.09%
Nathan Beaulieu 21 31.82%
Both the same 6 9.09%
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05-13-2014, 05:51 AM
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Pk in his rookie year before he gained 20lbs :p

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05-13-2014, 06:44 AM
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Surprised the poll didn't have subject line "who's the more horrible skater".

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05-13-2014, 08:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Mathradio View Post
If there is one aspect of their games where they are actually comparable, it's their skating.

Who is the better skater?
Beaulieu is a much more natural skater. PK skates with maximum effort.

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05-13-2014, 08:16 AM
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PK's feet look quicker and he seems to have an edge on acceleration.

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05-13-2014, 08:47 AM
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Wen't with PK because his lateral movement is unreal but I would give a slight edge to brolieu when it comes to skating north-south.

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05-13-2014, 10:43 AM
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Beaulieu has a very smooth stride. Pk is impossible to move off the puck. But beaulieu is a better skater I'd say

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05-13-2014, 11:25 AM
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Beaulieu's the smoother more technically sound skater.
PK's skating style is...unique. It gets the job done better than most, but it looks wild and out of control at times. Like drunk kung fu. I guess that could be seen as an advantage because it makes him unpredictable.

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05-13-2014, 11:30 AM
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Nathan Beaulieu is a better skater. But Subban is better at protecting the puck. Subban is in the league top 20 easily in puck protection when skating.

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05-13-2014, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by MasterDecoy View Post
Beaulieu has a very smooth stride. Pk is impossible to move off the puck. But beaulieu is a better skater I'd say
Nathan Coffey over PK ummm PK ummm Savard?

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05-13-2014, 12:40 PM
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Beaulieu if we go by the classical definition of "skating". His stride is effortless and he's deceptively quick as well. He has the Karlsson/Keith/Campbell type of skating.

Subban is more unique, though. Beaulieu is probably faster, but Subban has a more powerful stride. Once he gets going, he's an unstoppable bull on skates. We saw him overpower Lucic, of all people, quite a few times this series. Add to that he's a very agile guy despite his bulky 220 pounds 6 feet frame and the fact he's an ace at puck possession and I think overall, Subban takes it. He isn't nearly as pretty of a skater, but he's more effective, in my opinion. And Subban, while perhaps not as strong, was a lot more speedy early in his career when he was closer to 200 pounds

In fact, I'd like PK to shed some weight next off-season. As strong as he has become, I feel like 220 pounds is overkill for a guy of his frame, and it has affected his speed and endurance a bunch from my viewings. He'd be better off at 205 - 210, but heh, he's pretty good at 220 as well...

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05-13-2014, 09:22 PM
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I think in the long run, Beaulieu will be the better skater. His technique is much better, so he has to spend less effort to go fast, probably. Once he builds more muscle this should become more evident.

However, I do not know if he will ever be as shifty as Subban is while skating, so if you include skating agility Subban wins in that.

Straight skating = Beaulieu
Non-straight skating = Subban

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05-13-2014, 09:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Stjonnypopo View Post
Beaulieu looks better, Subban has proven that he can skate through a team when he has to though. I don't think we'll see Beaulieu dangle through a whole team, circling around their zone, like Subban does.
He did it a couple of times this season already. His skating is impressive while not being flashy. I think he'll end up a better skater than PK.

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