Thread: Speculation: Which Big Salaried Forward Goes?
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05-04-2010, 05:51 PM
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Everyone seems to be talking about goal production when referring to the value of Patrick Marleau and yes he has had a few 30 goal seasons and a lot of 20 goal seasons, but the reason he leads this poll goes way beyond that. he has played with players like: Thornton, Nolan, Damphousse, and a few other worthy mentions and still hasn't seemed to learn much fro them about becoming elite and a real leader. The detroit series he botched a few years ago is a great example of what kind of player he is. He scored a ton of goals in those playoffs but when he faced Detroit he looked like one of the worst players in the league. He was abused by Datsyuk in every way possible that series. He was out of position, not skating hard enough, and not doing the work to get the offense started... and it doesn't seem like anything has changed. Also, has anyone else ever noticed what a poor passer/playmaker he is? Hell, that is why he is way better on the wing with someone else setting up the play. He used make so many passes to nobody or the opposing team on clear scoring chances and odd man rushes it drove me crazy. Unreliable.

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