tfrizz wrote:The Snapshot wrote:themethod7 wrote:Side note, not sure how much I should trust Hockey's Future when it comes to talent analysis if this is what they have to say about Tangradi:Possessing great size and strength, Tangradi is first and foremost a fantastic net-front presence. He knows how to use his large frame in front of the net and can create match-up problems for opposing defensemen. He has gradually developed a similar type of warrior mentality when battling for loose pucks or playing in high-traffic areas of the ice. His on-ice awareness and vision are also above average to good. Tangradi has also demonstrated an outspoken nature which has led him to be a team leader at many stops throughout his young career.
Despite his massive size and surly on-ice disposition, the big winger was a skill-oriented player for much of his junior career and consequentially, has been learning how to play a power forward game in his last three years in the pros. He appears to have finally figured out the power forward game at the NHL level, and now must prove he is worthy of more opportunities and ice time.
Tangradi has been criticized for his flat-footed skating ability and while it surely is not a strength, there is no evidence at this point to suggest it is a major detriment either.
My God that is the stupidest thing I have ever read. It is 99% wrong. The only part that is correct is the flat-footed skating style but even that is wrong in that it isn't a major detriment. It is. It is a MAJOR detriment.
It sounds pretty accurate to how he's played in WBS.
I will argue your point about his skating, though. Even through the first 3 games we've seen that Tangradi's straight-line speed isn't a big issue; he hasn't looked out of place in that manner. Where he has looked out of place is in strength, agility, awareness, and endurance.
In WBS his skating is below the bar as well. He has a terrible 1st step, can't move laterally at all and in general skates with a stiff body through to his blades. He can't adjust to pucks, can't win races and in general looks horrible on skates. I can't imagine that they were talking about WBS here, because that is even more off base.
If you think his straight line speed is ok, or for that matter even matters in the NHL then we definitely assess talent differently. Nobody is in the NHL because all they can do is skate fast in a straight line.