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10-27-2010, 02:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Mgkibbles View Post
Offensively Briere and Giroux are more well rounded.

Defensively Carter is better than both Giroux and Briere, but with that said, you're underrating Giroux's defensive ability. Giroux is a smart player who has good instincts, he wouldn't be on the PK if he wasn't a strong defensive player.
The PK has nothing to do with even strength defensive play that a center is responsible for. The PK is about manning an area and reacting from there.

Giroux is weak defensively. Unlike Briere, Giroux competes defensively.

Calling Briere "well rounded" is a joke. The man barely tries defensively, and is good for at least one glorious F up every few games on the defensive side of the puck. He is an extremely gifted offensive player, and especially dangerous as a PP performer... but Carter is actually a better even strength player than Briere offensively.

The last two years Carter has posted 56, and 37 ES points.

Taking away the crazy years in Buffalo (sorry, those just aren't indicative of much for a variety of reasons), Briere's best ES years are 38, 33, 38, post-lockout insanity, 35, injured year we'll ignore, and 36.

The 36 should stand out in this list... because that's the year that Briere was supposedly "held back" by playing wing to Carter. The two years following the lockout were huge, but that was largely due to the specifics of that team... as well as how the league was officiated out of the gate. You add in his weakness defensively, and Briere isn't even close to Carter as an ES player.

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