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01-01-2009, 06:35 PM
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Lone Rogue
 
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Originally Posted by Kikizaz View Post
maybe it's just me... but faceoff % is one of the most overrated stats in hockey. When the Oilers were terrible they led the league in faceoffs.

but maybe it's just me. Last year we had Koivu and Plekanec to throw out for a faceoff. They are both responsible defensively and can win faceoffs. If it's a tie game late in the third just throw them on when the faceoff is must win. otherwise... just get the puck back after the faceoff.
It was a spot on the team that needed serious repair. We were losing faceoffs and it was costing us goals. Especially a team like ours last season that relied so heavily on the blueline.

Kyle Chipchura had a spot on the roster until Robert Lang got the call up. When he comes up I'm sure he is going to play some spectacular hockey and make it even tougher to decide things. He is an example of being patient with a player instead of rushing him. When Kyle comes in for good, there will be no question marks on him. He'll be solid for the next 10 years.

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