Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/15/09 at 04:09 PM ET
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Don’t laugh. Despite a well-earned reputation as the league’s loosest cannon, (Steve) Downie might be up to the challenge.
A former first-round pick, Downie was seen as the next Steve Ott when he was taken 29th overall by Philadelphia in 2005. An offensive whiz in junior (92 points in just 45 games during his final season in the OHL), he was envisioned as someone who would create space and opportunities with his ferocious checking and willingness to step over the line on occasion.
But rather than learn to pick his spots, Downie seems to have spent his entire career seeking new ways to make people forget that he can actually play the game.
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