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It’s Now A Game Filled With Big, Quick Hockey Players

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

As an old scout once said, “Son, big and good beats small and good every time.”

“No,” corrected Ken Hitchcock, the St. Louis Blues head coach. “Big and quick is better than small and quick. Big players are irrelevant in today’s game if you can’t skate.”

A lot of people thought the new rules would open the game up again to the small skilled player, and to an extent it has. Unforeseen, however, was the ability of the larger bodies like L.A.’s Dwight King or Brian Boyle in New York to get up to speed.

Couple that with crushing defensive systems, and we’re back to the same 2-1 playoff hockey — most nights — that led the NHL to remake its game back in 2005.

Combined scoring fell below 4.00 in the average playoff game in 2003-04. It’s been relatively steady at 5.2 goals per game ever since, but on Sunday there were nine goals scored — total — in three hockey games.

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Primis's avatar

The evidence doesn’t necessarily back this claim up.  There are smaller players producing just fine or better than the bigger ones.  Just a quick glance at the stats will show you that.

The leading scorer for the season was Martin St. Louis.  The current leading playoff scorer is David Krejci.

Posted by Primis on 05/13/13 at 11:55 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Posted by Primis on 05/13/13 at 11:55 AM ET

Aye.  I believe I heard this on an NBC broadcast:  since the ‘03 playoffs, all 5’11” of Zetterberg leads all current players in playoff points.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 05/13/13 at 12:02 PM ET

Zqto's avatar

They said Zetterberg is the leading in playoff points since he came to the league as a rookie
Not sure the year, but I think its a lot more than 03, SYF

Posted by Zqto on 05/13/13 at 12:40 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

They said 03’ ZQ, though I could’ve swore he was on the 02’ playoff team???

The playoffs aren’t a good indicator since Will becomes such a huge component.  However, during the regular season, smaller players take more of a beating and bigger players who might not have the same skill or shot, still get production because of size and speed.  So guys like Lucic who’re dafted well after the 3rd round turn into 20-30 goal scorers.  Shit, look at Franzen.  He’s got a good wrister, but Abby has more moves on the breakaway, but Franzen performs, he’s got a fast stick and good release, no moves though.  His size lets him hang in the dirty areas and still be effective vs. Brunner needs to do his work from the dots where he has some space or slips in backdoor.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 05/13/13 at 03:59 PM ET

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