The man behind the muscle
We all know Rod Brind'Amour's an extremely fit, hard-nosed player. And we've also heard all kinds of talk these playoffs about his faceoff prowess — something that really can't be denied. But Pierre McGuire's latest piece for TSN made me scratch my head, if only for a small detail:
When it comes to the Oilers on the draw, Peca, Jarret Stoll and Shawn Horcoff entered the final with a faceoff success rate of more than 50 percent. That number has not been as good through the first two games.Now, the thing is, Horcoff is far from a small player — Peca, yes, but not Horcoff. In fact, he's even slightly bigger than Rod 'The Bod'.
A big reason for that has been Brind'Amour. The Oilers are concerned that he does not line up square on the draw and is turned when the puck drops. The NHL's best faceoff man is also a lot bigger and can out-muscle guys like Horcoff at the circle.
Based even just on TSN's own roster details, both are listed as being 6 foot 1, Brind'Amour weighing 200 pounds and Horcoff 204. In terms of relative strength, Brind'Amour might be able to best players far bigger than himself, but his actual, physical size isn't super-human like Eric Staal or Chris Pronger.
As I said, it's a small point, but it had to be said.