I'm very much drawn to P/I for exactly the reasons you mentioned (and have never considered Mitchell Islam to be a worse skater technically than Paul Poirier for those reasons), and it is the lack of those traits that make me not so inclined to like G/P, as well as the disparity between Piper and Paul in terms of skills. That being said, I had felt last season that G/P had improved significantly in those areas (especially Piper), and that their Hitchcock FD was an excellent vehicle for them. I was in the arena for their new FD yesterday, and to be honest it left me underwhelmed. Where Hitchcock masked those flaws, I felt this program put some of them back into focus (I don't mean to imply that P/I don't have flaws, for the record). Also, I found the program to be a lacking in terms of difficult transitions inbetween the technical elements. The whole thing just felt a bit open to me. I'm a bit dissapointed, but it's stil early, and they may very well change my mind as the season goes on. Of course, as I've said, I've never been a particular fan of theirs, and while I'm trying to be objective, feel free to take my impressions with a grain of salt.