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Afternoon Line- Kevin Paul Dupont

Is that energy and grind model something the other 30 Original NHL teams will follow? Sure, to a degree, because there is no magic mojo in determination and grit. If the coach preaches it, and the players buy in to the level the Blues bought in with Craig Berube, the Cup is right there for the hoisting....

But if you’re thinking St Louis has an easy model to replicate, think again.

Playing hard and heavy, while simple in theory, just isn’t how the talent pool is being cultivated in 2019. It has never been the game taught in Europe, which delivers so many speed-and-skill players to the NHL. It’s no longer taught in the United States, either, be it on the National Team Development Program or throughout NCAA Division 1.

-Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe where you can read more on this topic and other hockey notes too.

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