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02-19-2010, 08:39 AM
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The biggest difference between these two players right now is PP performance. Kesler has 22 PP points and averages about 2:59 of PP time per game. Staal, on the other hand, has just 2 PP points, but only averages about 1:54 of PP time per game.
Staal is actually outproducing Kesler right now at even strength and has a much better plus/minus, but a worse faceoff percentage. I'm not exactly sure how the two compare in terms of quality of competition, but I'm guessing they're probably pretty similar.
Overall, the two are pretty similar IMO. A Staal-Kesler swap, at least on paper, would be a fairly lateral move for both teams, which is exactly why it would never happen.
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