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09-07-2009, 05:19 AM
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VanIslander
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Originally Posted by Triffy View Post
Cooper was also a fine player with the puck as he cracked three times the top 10 in points (8th, 8th, 9th) among defensemen.
His most productive season was an NHL-depleted war year: 1944-45. DISCOUNT THAT MAJORLY.

His second most productive season was 1941-42 when he finished 12th in Blackhawks scoring with 20 points. That indeed shows he touched the puck.

Once he was 3rd in Blackhawks dmen scoring with 11 points in 44 games (again 12th in Blackhawks scoring). This shows no more than perhaps that he played on the top pairing, which would be impressive enough.

He scored 10 points two other times. To put it in perspective, the last time he was second last in team scoring, two points more than Juzda; the other time he was also second last in team scoring.

Look at his year by year numbers. You see that only a couple of times he was "fine" with the puck, if by "fine" you mean "not entirely bad".

Three top-10s in defensemen points speaks for itself in a 24+ team NHL, not back then. Look at how he does relative to teammates year by year over your career and you see he shows very little in terms of puck handling skills.

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