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12-13-2010, 03:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Cartsiephan View Post
Giroux does not have to score goals to produce, he has the ability to spread the ice with his ability to pass the puck. He can create an advantage by his puckhandling ability that Carter does not have. Defense cannot attack him with the puck, they will stay a stick length away and use the stick to block the lanes. With Carter the defense attacks and closes the space because they do not have to worry as much about him beating anyone one on one or passing to the open space and creating a mismatch in that open area or a pass to the point for a shot.
Seriously, what games do you watch? The defense backs the F off Carter all the time because once he gets going he can go around 'em with pure speed.

Moreover... the team scores more with Carter on the ice at even strength! The other team scores less! That's true even this year, when folks are writing hagiographies to Giroux (who has been great, but stop getting seduced by the dangling). Just because you look flashy, doesn't mean you're producing.

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