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Old 09-03-2019, 02:13 PM   #21
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Uh, if you can't skate at a pretty decent level, you won't play, at least in today's game. It's much more the case than it was even 4 of 5 years ago, when Bouma was last effective.

Again, I hope he makes it, and I admire his courage and work ethic, but it's going to be tough sledding for him.
Yeah, Bouma's big year also featured guys like McGrattan, Jones, Bollig, Smid, Wideman. Not speedsters.
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Old 09-03-2019, 03:36 PM   #22
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Bouma had his deficiencies, I never saw skating as one of them. I always thought he was one of the better skaters when he was here.

People seem to have this idea that anyone who's rough is also slow. I remember him being a force on the forecheck. You have to be fast to do that.
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Skating was not one of Bouma's deficiencies. Being able to do enough things at an NHL calibre level was. In other words, a general lack of enough skill and talent was Bouma's biggest problem.

Clearly his 14/15 season was a huge outlier and fluke because other than that, he was a borderline NHL talent.
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Old 09-04-2019, 07:59 AM   #24
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Bouma had his deficiencies, I never saw skating as one of them. I always thought he was one of the better skaters when he was here.

People seem to have this idea that anyone who's rough is also slow. I remember him being a force on the forecheck. You have to be fast to do that.
Bouma wasn't especially slow then. He was at least as fast as his linemates. I think his injuries have slowed him considerably.
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