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11-24-2008, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Jester View Post
these are 5 on 5 statistics. you can look them up for other situations if you want.

and you're outlining why the shorthanded situation is a horrible way to determine if a player is "good defensively." you can be very good as a forward manning your zone of the ice effectively and not be a very good even strength player defensively.

it should be noted that none of this is to suggest that Nodl won't turn out to be a very good defensive player, he just hasn't shown it yet at all.
It's not so much that we're arguing that Nodl is limiting the other team's chances (well, at least I'm not, I can't speak to other people's thoughts), but more that he looks competent out there and seems to have the tools and mentality to develop into a solid all-around winger, which is what Carter needs more than a playmaker. Is Nodl a great NHL player right now? Of course not. But neither would Giroux be, and in the grand scheme of things it's more logical to me to let Giroux develop into a top line player in the AHL and let Nodl develop into a solid third line type on Carter's wing than to do the reverse, especially when Carter is on such a tear that he doesn't even need wingers right now, which means Nodl doesn't have to worry about doing too much. Let him learn the position now. It's not as if we have a good NHLer ready to step into that spot, so Nodl is probably the best fit to occupy that spot if we're looking at long term results.

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