Originally Posted by Fast Tony DeNiro
I think this is a poor analysis of his game, tbh. Just because he's not a physical player racking up PIM because of his size, does not mean he's not playing with passion. It just isn't his game, he's not the first skilled player to post low PIM numbers.
I didn't really analyse his game any further than pointing out he clearly doesnt' play with any grit....do you disagree? If not then where is my analysis lacking?
The reason red flags are raised for me is that I feel his game might be altered once he makes the jump from Junior (where he is a big player with no grit) to playing against the hardest hitting, grittiest players in the world in the NHL.
I'm not saying it can't be done, Marleau and Kopitar come to mind as two bigger players who's game translated to the NHL without any real sandpaper to their play but I consider players like this the exception not the rule. Most players who have used their size to their advantage to become successful in the NHL do take PIM's (forget Jagr is you don't think he's a good comparable just look at most all other larger players who've had success at the NHL level).