I read an interesting article about 3 on 3 that said it really isn't about speed like everyone thinks. 3 on 3 leads to breakaways regardless of speed. Guys like helm get on breakaways all the time anyway and convert at a really low rate. The guys you really want out there are the ones who are really creative with the puck but don't necessarily get on breakaways very often, aka datsyuk and zetterberg
3v3 is more man advantage plays than it is breakaways. I want speed more for defensive reasons than offensive anyway. Like you said, guys are going to be open regardless of speed. What I want is the guy's who close the gap on puck carriers/pass receivers quickly. And guys who can go North/South in a hurry, especially on the backcheck.
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