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01-28-2004, 12:06 AM
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Ian Laperriere went from O to D/with a case of nose-in-ear syndrome.

 
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01-28-2004, 12:11 AM
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Jo Juneau scored 101 points as a rookie with Boston. If he can score 30 points, i'll be happy..
That's what happens when a player with average offensive skills gets to play with Oates, Neely and Bourque at their peaks.

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David Legwand was seen as a pure offensive talent, but was made to concentrate on his defensive game when arriving in Nashville. He's turned into one of the better young defensive centers in the league.

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Mike Ricci would be my first choice. 50 Goal scorer in junior, now is one of the best Defensive players in the game

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Yzerman comes to mind as a Wings fan. Big offensive skills, but then switched to play a more defensive role. Of course, guys like Sakic and Hull have also done the same thing on different teams.

Another example from the Wings is Dandenault. Comes in as an okay forward and ends up as an okay defenseman.

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01-28-2004, 02:13 AM
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Messier had alot of changes during the eons he was here.

Offensvie player to a Power Forward to a to a Faceoff man to Checking line player and back to an offensive weapon.

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01-28-2004, 02:45 AM
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Simon Gagne used to be a scorer...

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01-28-2004, 02:59 AM
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Oh, and at one time, Georges Laraque was a tough guy.
Brashear too..

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Darren McCarty...

Didn't he have the most points in junior of every player drafted in his year. 127 points in 91-92 with Belleville.

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01-28-2004, 03:23 AM
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01-28-2004, 03:24 AM
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I wonder how many players have successfully switched from Defense to Forward, or vice-versa after entering the NHL? I know Red Kelly switched from D to C; likewise (and not quite on par with Red Kelly) I know Bill Berg switched from D to LW. I guess Dandenault works too. Someone already mentioned Wendel Clark. I'd be interested to see other posters add to this list.

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01-28-2004, 03:49 AM
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Many of the third and fourth liners in the NHL were good scorers earlier. But then reality hits and they realize they don't quite have the offensive skill to make it in the NHL and they have to slightly reinvent themselves. These days even the skill players have to do that to some extent. But the best way to get a good grinder is to draft a good overall player with a good work ethic.

The exception is the enforcers. Often they don't get drafted because of their great hockey skill.

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I heard that Domi was a scorer in Juniors, but was told that because of his size he would never make it to the NHL in that role.

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01-28-2004, 06:05 AM
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Mike Ricci was a scoring stud.

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01-28-2004, 06:06 AM
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I heard that Domi was a scorer in Juniors, but was told that because of his size he would never make it to the NHL in that role.
Because of his size, they wouldn't let him be a finesse player, but they would let him be an enforcer? That doesn't sound right...

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01-28-2004, 06:40 AM
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Darcy Tucker was probably the best offensive player in the WHL during the time he played for Kamloops. Now he's a grinder with a decent offensive game but nothing spectacular.

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01-28-2004, 09:51 AM
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PJ Axelsson (was a speedy sniper)
Mats Lindgren (was an offensive star)

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Mario Lemieux used to be a healthy player in juniors.

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01-28-2004, 01:49 PM
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Just as a side note: Madden claims that he could be a 40 goal scorer in todays NHL if he put his mind to it, but getting 20 and playing great defence is much more important to the team. Take that for what it is worth.
Talk is cheap. He can be effective but i'd have to see him do it first.

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01-28-2004, 07:03 PM
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There's something I've been wondering about for quite some time which is kinda related to this thread.
Do NHL players allready play their roles in the minors? By this I mean do minor league checkers develop into NHL checkers? Or is it more the case where minor league checkers are simply not good enough and all the point producers are called up to the NHL, the worst of which become checkers?
To put a name to this question to make it clearer:
1. Does a guy like Kelly Buchberger put up offensive stats throughout the different levels of his career?
2. Or is a guy like KB a checker through the many different levels of his career?

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01-28-2004, 08:17 PM
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Kirk Maltby of the Red Wings once scored 50 goals in Juniors (thanks for quote go out to Mr. Redmond) and now he is one heck of a devensive specialist

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01-28-2004, 08:18 PM
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Mike Ricci would be my choice. I saw his interview with Jim Hughson on Sportsnet's Snapshots, Ricci talked about what it was like to go from a goal scorer in junior to a checker in the NHL. Good interview.

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Scott Walker.

Played defense in juniors. Played as a 4th line enforcer in Vancouver. He's now one of the more valuable players in the league. He does it all.

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