not that he couldn't pass the puck, but his game was pretty one-dimensional in the sense that he didn't have a lot of moves but mostly skated with the puck in a straigth line, and he didn't play a lot of defense on top of that, or good defense
Richard Zednik played whole career like this:
After he received a pass he skated into the offensive zone on the wing along the boards, as close as was possible, holding the stick with the puck with one hand, used the second hand as a protection. He skated behind the goal and then lost the puck.
Mike Gartner was known for his goal scoring and little to nothing else.
Exhibit A as to how hockey doesn't matter on ESPN:
Last night an ESPN program was discussing how the Detroit Pistons needed a hero citing the heroes on the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions and no mention of the Detroit Red Wings. All this despite the Red Wings probably being the most succesful team in Detroit right now.