If you're a Preds fan, you know who Patric Hornqvist is. You also probably know who Tomas Holmstrom is of the Detroit Red Wings. Both players make their living in front of the net in "the office." Which one would you rather have on your team?
So far this season, their stats are identical. Both have played 15 games, both have 5 goals, and both have 3 assists. Holmstrom is 37 years old, while Hornqvist is only 23 years old. While both make their living in front of the net, there have different qualities that make them special.
Tomas Holmstrom is listed at 6'0" tall and 198 pounds. Once he gets in front of the net, he's a very hard man to move. He's a very physical player and is an invaluable asset on the power-play.
Patric Hornqvist is listed at 5'11" tall and is 188 pounds. He's also a valuable asset in front of the net and on the power-play but he's not known for his physicality. He's very good along the boards and has a great shot, along with great skills with the puck. He broke Peter Forsberg's scoring record over in Sweden.
So who would you take? Personally, I'd probably take Hornqvist simply because he's only 23 while Holmstrom is 37. However, I'd love to have either one of them. There similar players, and yet they're very different.
There is one thing I know for sure, however, and that is that goalies all across the NHL don't like either of them.