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Agreed. I don’t worry too much about who is or is not fast as long as the Gophers have a good mix.
Honestly, the whole speed thing is so overrated that it doesn’t hold up under the slightest scrutiny. There’s a huge list of elite NHL players who can’t distinguish themselves with speed. The key is to skate well enough at that level so as not to disrupt the flow of the game. There’s no waiting at the blue line for the slow guy.
Joel Otto is a classic example of this type of player. When he got to college, his coach deadpanned that he skated like a newborn colt. Then he went on to become an NHL all star and Olympic player.
Then there’s flat out desire. As Glen Sonmor said about Johnny Pohl after he scored against CC in the regional game: (paraphrasing) “People say Johnny Pohl can’t skate, but I’ve never seen anybody yet catch him on a breakaway.”