In regards to Draper, Maltby, Holmstrom, etc.
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07-18-2009, 09:14 PM
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Rochester, MI
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Draper's "role" on this team is overrated. Watch him win faceoffs, the majority he wins are by using his hand. Which is fine, you can look at defensive players all over the league that do so but lets not kid ourselves. Hes not taking offensive zone faceoffs and winning them 70% of the time. His faceoff percentage is only marginally better than Datsyuk's and Zetterberg's.
Filppula is that bad at faceoffs either, so is Draper really necessary or a luxury?
Hes not going anywhere though, he'll play out his contract.
4% is a decent amount better. Not saying 4% justifies his contract as it stands right now but being the 2nd best faceoff man in the league is showing that he's still doing that part of his job extremely well.
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