Giroux or Carter
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12-13-2010, 10:31 PM
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Also, a cautionary word to Jester, I'd be a bit careful about using the advanced stats right now, I mean, going by those, Pronger and Richie are like the 2 worst defensive ES players on the team, so I think things are settling down a bit plus the ridiculous success that the Briere line had at ES in the first 15-20ish games is skewing some of the GF stuff (I don't think anyone really expects Danny to score 45 goals, 35 at ES).
That being said, all the basic points are correct. Carts is a MUCH better defensive C at this point also, that line has looked pretty good since Carter moved back to C, I'm not at all convinced that Giroux won't be a big force on the wing.
Oh, it's early, but in addressing what they've done to this point... it's shocking that despite having this huge breakout year, Giroux advanced metrics aren't more impressive than they are (actually, they're not that impressive at all).
Richards' stats have been trending up for some time now (remember when everyone was complaining early in the year?).
However, you're also seeing the impact of good goaltending on folks' stats. Goaltending improves your entire team in one stroke.
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