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Is the size-factor in NHL-drafts overrated?

While I’m a strong believer in the advantage of having size and strength as a hockey-player I start to realise that the size-factor might be a bit overrated nowadays.

Zdeno Chara, the tallest NHL-player with 6.09

Zdeno Chara, the tallest NHL-player with 6’9″

No question: A skilled, fast, mobile, big and strong player is better than a skilled, fast mobile, small player. But although the rule-changes a couple of years ago worked basically a bit in the favor of skilled and quick players there are still heavy doubts about smallish, skinny players. No matter how skilled they are. [continue reading…]