Thread: Line Combos: Gagne - Richards - Giroux
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01-19-2010, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Jester View Post
No, he was bad in Buffalo, too. They were just scoring enough to cover it up some. He was +17 with 95 pts. Vanek was +47, and Roy was +37 on that team. Unfortunately, behindthenet wasn't around back then or we could really see his breakdowns.

But defense was absolutely his rap in Buffalo and coming here...he didn't really play it much. Some of it is that he's just too small to lean on anyone at this level with much effect.
Not saying he individually was a better defensive player in Buffalo, the point is that the team's system and style was more suited to him that it wasnt as glaring as it was here. There is a HUGE difference going from a +17 to the -22 he was a couple years ago....Its because our system here doesnt play to his strengths and weaknesses resulting in them "having" to move him to wing. Mabye with Lavi's system results are different, but that only works if the rest of the team starts playing better defensively.

Vanek/Roy were not playing with Briere at even strength which is obviously why their numbers are higher, he was playing with Hecht and Pominville most of the time, but they are also better defensive players than Briere. Of course, Drury was a +1 and he is the one known as the "two-way" guy so are the +/- stats on that team really that relevant? Who knows.

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