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meet all of the re­quire­ments to be­come top-line play­ers on high-level teams for many years. Both could be­come NHL stars. Their skat­ing is good enough and their hockey sense, hand skills, scor­ing abil­ity and com­pet­i­tive­ness are all at the elite level. Nei­ther one is the phys­i­cal behemoth that their fa­ther was, and nei­ther has Keith’s in­cred­i­bly fluid skat­ing stride for a big man. Brady and Matthew are also play­ing in a dif­fer­ent era of hockey, where strength is more di­rected to main­tain­ing puck pos­ses­sion and es­tab­lish­ing po­si­tion than it is to pure phys­i­cal­ity. By the end of their ca­reers, Brady and Matthew could build on Keith’s le­gacy and have fans men­tion­ing the Tkachuk name in the same breath as the Sut­ters, Stast­nys, Staals, Hulls and Howes. Take both play­ers for your team if at all pos­si­ble. If you can only choose one of them, re­mem­ber the X-fac­tor. Matthew has it. Brady might, but we don’t know yet. Never turn down a player with the X-fac­tor. Grab Matthew right away. Tom Thomp­son has been an NHL scout/direc­tor/as­sis­tant GM since 1985.

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