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by Paul on 01/22/09 at 11:56 AM ET
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
NHL.com thanks the experts for clarifying the various elements of “speed” in the NHL, but to get back to the original question, we asked them to name who they wouldn’t want to race against, end to end.
“I think Edmonton’s Andrew Cogliano is the fastest skater in the NHL,” Davidge said. “I watched him when he played for (University of) Michigan and he’d just pull away from guys in the first three or four strides. Matt Lombardi and Mason Raymond are like that, the first three strides and look out—they’re on their way. Marian Gaborik is like that, too. Raymond is so quick up ice, he gets lots of breakaways. If he could only score half the time ...
“For effective pure speed, check out the Blue Jackets’ Jason Chimera. … There’s nothing but north-south, no lateral in there whatsoever. But when he’s going around a defenseman, he has the size and strength to drive the net that you just can’t teach.”
Adams had a couple of players he’d put near the top in terms of pure speed.
Patrick Marleau jumps out, he always looks like he’s flying,” he said. “And nobody is faster over 60 feet than Hedican. When Erik Cole gets the puck, if he’s even with a defenseman, he beats him and goes to the net.
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