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Two can play that game. Stastny has never had a 30 goal or 85 point season. . .
So? Neither has Koivu.

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Fact is, Koivu could have had two 70-80 point seasons under his belt if not for a couple freak injuries. That's largely playing with nobodies on his line, unlike Stastny.
Ever heard of David Jones?

Saying Koivu has played with nobodies is an exaggeration. Every year Minnesota at least has four pretty decent wingers that Koivu has played with. Examples: Brunette, Havlat, Gaborik, Rolston, Nolan, Bouchard, Miettinen, Sykora.

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Plus, there's no way Koivu is inferior on defense.
This one is certainly debatable. We can't look at +/- because the quality of each team is different, and the average PK time for each player is shockingly identical (2:08 for Stastny, 2:05 Koivu).

Mikko does have a big edge in face-off winning % (56.5% vs. 48.2%), but Paul has taken more faceoffs: 714 vs. 542 (he leads the league). Blocked shots and takeaways are identical.

So, I guess you're right in saying Koivu isn't inferior defensively. But I'll still take Stastny for his offense.

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