Speed of the top skaters in the 2011 draft

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  1. NyIsles19

    NyIsles19 Registered User

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    Can someone please tell me who these players speed is comparable to someone in the nhl(also if they are similar in speed to an islander please say that name since im more familar with them)

    Forwards-
    Ryan Nugent Hopkins-?
    Sean Couturier-?
    Gabriel Landeskog-?
    Ryan Strome-?
    Jonathan Huberdeau-?

    Defense-
    Adam Larsson-?
    Dougie Hamilton-?
    Ryan Murphy-?

    Thanks in advance !
     
  2. outKast*

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    Skating styles

    Ryan Nugent Hopkins- Evaner Kane
    Sean Couturier- Todd Marchant and Mike Grier
    Gabriel Landeskog- Erik Cole
    Ryan Strome- Mikhail Grabovski
    Jonathan Huberdeau- Joe Hulbig

    Defense-
    Adam Larsson- Magnus Arvedsson
    Dougie Hamilton- Eric Brewer
    Ryan Murphy- Timofei Shiskanov
     
  3. Bryanbryoil

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    You're not saying that Couturier is as fast as Marchant are you?
     
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    If you wanted a vague and ridiculous reply that doesn't answer your question...

    ...here it is.
     
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    Seriously, was this one a joke? Marchant was easily one of the fastest skaters in the league, Grier actually had OK speed too but only in a straight line, I don't see how either compare to Couturier who is fairly slow but with good edge control. Cole is a speed demon too, he made his career on beating guys wide, I don't think Landeskog has that kind of speed. Also I see RNH as skating a lot more like Duchene in terms of being an elite skater who is super shifty and balanced all the time.

    Guys like Hulbig, Arvedson and Shishkanov are some pretty obscure comparisons, most people are going to barely remember these guys in general, never mind how they skate.
     
  6. gifted88

    gifted88 Dante the poet

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    Couturier is an average skater with a decent first stride, just because he doesn't have the top speed like RNH people say he's slow which is not true at all.
     
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    From what I've seen his speed is well below average for a top prospect. Not the end of the world, plenty of guys go high in the draft without amazing skating and end up doing just fine (Spezza, Thornton, Tavares, the Sedins, etc.), they either don't need as much speed in their game, or improve their skating (generally both, for example Spezza and the Sedins especially have improved their skating by leaps and bounds IMO). Maybe "slow" was a bit harsh, but compared to other top prospects Couturier's speed is not great. Definitely weird to compare his skating to Todd Marchant, who was easily one of the fastest skaters in the league.

    My assessment of his skating would actually be that his top speed is fine, but he doesn't have super quick feet, which is generally more important than top speed anyways. I think of Jordan Staal when I watch him skate.
     
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    So you're saying Huberdeau will be a bust then, because if Hulbig was a decent skater he wouldve hung around in the NHL??
     
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    R S @avs_tweets

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    Notice how RollingStone said "skating styles" which is totally different than skating speed..
     
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    Notice how the OP asked for speed? :)
     
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    RNH skates exactly like Martin Havlat!

    They both hunch over and have good lateral movement
     
  12. NyIsles19

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    So since rollingstones post did nothing to help with what i asked can someone post who their SPEED compares to
     
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    I'm just Glad that Couturier skates like a train with Ferrari acceleration cause I was concerned after seeing him go 0-8 in the CHL Skill comp. for '11 prospects Does that mean Gartner was as fast as a jet?:sarcasm:
     
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    He really does actually. Oil prospect Curtis Hamilton also skates like that. Andrew Brunette is another player who skates hunched over.


    As for speed, RNH isn't as fast as everyone has said he is in other threads. He's a very good skater and is mobile and works hard to get back on the back check, but his top gear isn't actually as high as players like Hall or Duchene.
     
  15. outKast*

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    SPEED

    If Marian Gaborik is a Lamborghini and Kovalchuk is a Ferrari, then...

    RNH - Audi R8
    Sean Couturier - Cadillac CTS
    Gabriel Landeskog - Dodge Ram RT/10
    Ryan Strome - Acura RSX
    Jonathan Huberbeau - Honda Civic Si

    Adam Larsson - Porsche Cayenne
    Dougie Hamilton - Land Rover Range Rover
    Ryan Murphy - Mazda Miata

    Hope that helps.
     
  16. NyIsles19

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    go away?:shakehead
     
  17. outKast*

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    Speed of skaters is overrated.

    Zdeno Chara is slow. So is Todd Bertuzzi and Dustin Byfuglien. Doesn't really help hockey players immensely. It doesn't hurt to have it, but it does not matter that much.

    Skating styles matter however. It effect lateral movement, which then effects their ability to cover and play positionally. Speed, not so much.

    If speed was important, the Kirril Whathisface from Pittsburg would have been the next Bure. Rico Fata would have destroyed the NHL. Unfortunately, none of that mattered.
     
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    You are ridiculous.
     
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    Idk. This made me lol at least.
     
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    Idk why people are hatin' on you. This is legit.
     
  21. Grod

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    For a comedy act. Ryan Murphy is one of the OHL's fastest skaters yet he is only as fast as a Miata...? Couturier has the acceleration or top end of a Dodge Caravan. Hopkins is an R8 yet Huberdeau and Strome are 4 cylinder economical imports. Why do I bother. If it were about value or prestige or just straight up comparing these players to cars it might be arguable but sheer speed is ridiculous.
     

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