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03-17-2010, 12:48 AM
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Originally Posted by TrappedInFullerton View Post
8-6-1 with Vlasic out. 3-1 with Demers before the Olympic break. 0-1-1 in the two games after, this being with him having played with the WorSharks through the break and being brought up and down from the AHL as before he was a mainstay on the roster and wasn't being sent down often at all.

You can't deny that Demers doesn't add something to the team just because Vlasic is out. It's like you're saying the only reason Demers was any good and the Sharks won with him in the lineup was because Vlasic was there to carry him, which is bull, since the two didn't play together.

If anything, you need to use Vlasic's affect on Blake, since they were D partners.

Btw, the teams record without Demers and Vlasic since Vlasic's injury: 5-4-0

Not so much better than 8-6-1. You add Demers to 6 of those games, the Sharks probably win 1 or 2 of them at the least.
I'm not denying what Demers brings as an individual. I'm saying that his impact on the team's success is minimal. I'm also saying that Vlasic's impact on the team's success is obvious and the records with him in and out show that. The records with both out and just Demers in is equally average. Demers at this point has a lot of potential and I think he can realize a lot of that potential as soon as next year but right now, he's just too inconsistent to make the lasting impact that Pickles does on a nightly basis.

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