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03-21-2010, 02:23 AM
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Originally Posted by pitseleh View Post
Here's a good look at what Kesler has had to contend with over the last three seasons:

Basically he's played some of the toughest minutes in the league, starting in his own zone a ton and playing against the top lines of other teams, yet his lines have been able to generate a positive relative Corsi differential despite the deck being stacked against them. Pretty impressive stuff.
Those just go to show that him and Koivu are probably the two best defensive forwards in the NHL. Kesler has a slightly higher QoC and starts in the defensive zone a lot more but Koivu has a slightly higher Corsi. The only forward on that list that's even close is Zetterberg who has a higher corsi but has a much lower QoC and starts in the defensive zone way less. For Kesler to score as much as he has the last two years is down right ridiculous.

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