Too short? Do measurables matter in today’s NHL?

Buffalo Sabres

You’ve likely heard the phrase, ‘it’s not about the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog.’

Throughout the weekend prospects have been weighed, measured and judged at the NHL combine.

But with how the game is played today, it begs the question, does size actually matter for future NHL players?

It’s been a topic of discussion throughout the week and it’s only going to continue.

Cole Caulfield, who scored 72 goals with the Under-18 national team, is somewhere around 5-7.

Jack Hughes stands 5-11.

The projected number 1 overall pick had some strong words for those who judge him by height, not skill.

I don’t think I’m very small, I think I’m right there in the middle, Hughes said.  You see where the game is going. It’s a speed and skill game.  Guys like (Johnny) Gaudreau 99 points.   (Nikita) Kucherov 128. (Patrick) Kane had 110.  These aren’t big guys putting up those points. I think I translate very well to the new game which is speed and skill.

Kucherov is the tallest of those mentioned by Hughes, listed at an even 6-feet.  Gaudreau and Kane are both listed at 5-9.

Boston’s Brad Marchand is listed at that same height and tallied a career high 100 points this past season.  He had reached 85 points in 2016 and 2017.

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