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02-01-2009, 07:08 PM
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Originally Posted by VO Ouragan16 View Post
Why the hell are you comparing our situation to Detroit's ?

A) Because I wanted to (do I need your permission to do so?)!

B) Because I would compare (Plekanec's) "skills he's shown in the past" to the skill level of Draper - not a bad player - just not a real good player - which is why, on a good team he's on the
3rd line!

And, you were right when you said.....None of our (Habs) centers would be competing for a better spot than 3rd line center which of course is the reason that Detroit will be (once again) a true Cup contender while the Habs stumble into or out of a playoff spot and (if they get in) will make an early exit!
A) No, because it's ludicrous.

B) Draper is/was a shutdown center and, as such, usually got the second highest TOI among centers because he had to play against the other teams top line all night( or 2nd best line since Detroit could play the Datsyuk/Zetterberg line against any line last year). Last year Plekanec scored 29 goals and 69 points which is 5 goals and 29 points better than Draper's best year. Plekanec may be soft, but he's more skilled than Draper ever was.

C) Nothing to argue here since it's pretty obvious.

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