Why does everybody think Eichel is an awkward skater?

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  1. ChiefWiggum

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    I see many people make this claim. What do people see in him that they see as awkward?
     
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    no one thinks that
     
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    First time I hear this
     
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    Arguably the most explosive first step in the NHL since prime Ovechkin, must be awkward to get blown by that from a 6'2" player.
     
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    His skating style is more unique than awkward.
     
  6. ChiefWiggum

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    I always thought that he was a great skater but Ive heard announcers and analysts claim that his style is awkward
     
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    Completely agree. His skating stride is very effective...but very awkward. I am surprised you don't see it.
     
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    I doubt everybody thinks that.
     
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    I never thought that before, but now you've made me think about it.
     
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    Eichel is probably my favourite player in the entire league to watch skate. He takes such powerful, long strides and he's equally effective going straight down the ice as he is moving laterally around players. Taylor Hall is another guy who I think is a beautiful skater that I've seen people call awkward. I think it has to do with being lower to the ground and taking those longer strides. Which is what they teach you to do in power skating.
     
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    nobody thinks that lmfao
     
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    I haven't heard anything but praises for Eichel's skating.
     
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    Who says this?
     
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    This.

    He seems very upright pushing straight back at the hip, he skates like a sprinter runs through the middle part of the race. Looks a little weird but he is damn fast, so how it looks doesn't matter.
     
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    Well there's your mistake
     
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    I've never heard anyone refer to Eichel as an "awkward skater". Unique style, perhaps.
     
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    While I definitely wouldn't classify myself as an expert in regards to skating, I do know that anything that stands out from the ordinary is always going to draw more attention and differing opinions. That's why an unique stride, which Eichel seems to have, might be considered awkward by some, regardless of how effective it is.
     
  19. Lunazaia Nox Fleuret

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    Hello, I am everybody.

    To answer your question, remove the face of each player on the ice, their numbers, even their body shape, etc. And I can likely spot Jack Eichel still from his skating style.

    I hope this answers your question.

    Have a good day.
     
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    I definitely remember people talking about his skating style a lot at one point.
     
  21. Future GOAT

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    Interesting. Would love to hear this. Post some links to the examples so I can hear this too.
     
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    His skating style is definitely noticeable. It's hard to miss it. I don't know if awkward is a word I'd use.
     
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    I think he keeps his upper body more straight than the typical player does, a little like Mark Messier back in the day. Not sure I'd call it awkward.
     
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    Wut?

    Everybody huh? Well I include myself in Everybody and I don't think he is awkward
     
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    He takes long strides but makes every stride count.
     

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