some tentative thoughts on jersey zodiac studies
zodiac isn’t the right word for it but i’ve noticed that with certain numbers a lot of players of the same genotype seem to gravitate there. full disclosure: i’m not 100% familiar with the rosters of every team so i might’ve missed some guys here.
11: spark plug, kinda gritty, will maybe fight you kinda guys; beloved by their teams. the glue guys, the heart and soul of the team. possibly on the smaller side, physically. will take a lot of physical abuse to put the team in a better position. examples: trent frederic, brendan gallagher, adam gaudette, zach hyman, travis konecny, luke kunin, nate thompson. outliers: kopitar, staal.
13: kind of a hotshot, a bit loud and flashy, takes up a lot of space, a bit full of himself but willing to get his hands dirty / face smashed in (possibly also haunted). examples: mathew barzal, pierre-luc dubois, johnny gaudreau, jayce hawryluk, kevin hayes, brandon tanev. outliers: hischier, lafrenière.
14: solid, dependable, responsible dudes. maybe not the flashiest but extremely calm and steady and you'll absolutely miss them on the roster when they aren't there. will surprise you with their skill. they’re not super aggro but they will not let you push them around, either. weirdly enough defensively responsible two-way centers seem to love this number. examples: nathan bastian, sean couturier, joel eriksson ek, mattias ekholm, nick suzuki, travis zajac.
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*Sometime in future*
"Mom, I want to know why you named me Aleksander", asked my son while playing with his toys.
I smiled and ruffled his hair.
"The problem with wanting is that it makes us weak. "
"What's that supposed to mean? "
"Nothing, now go play with your brother Kaz, I need to check on your sister Zoya. "
"Okay mom. "
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