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01-05-2011, 07:39 AM
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>Struggles badly on face-offs. Isn't as dominant when he plays either wing position, since he is denied the puck more often along the wall. Takes bad penalties and is a little careless with the puck in the defensive zone.<
Official scouting report on Evgeni Malkin as per Sdnation, the hockey news. Also anyone who watches Penguins games can see it for themselves. Those who dont can feel safe taking the opinion of paid professional hockey analysts.
Malkin had one of the worst Corsi rankings during that year was near the top of the league in takeaways.
Not to mention takeaways are not indicative of defensive play. Watching Malkin shows he is clearly weak in the defensive zone. Want more proof? Chara, Doughty, Weber and Keith weren't anywhere near the lead league in takeaways last year. So they must not be very good defensively according to your reasoning.
Here is an interesting article about takeaways as a Selke stat.
Staal is a solid 2 way forward. Defensively he is in another stratosphere than Malkin. Oh, and he's producing more offensively this year as well. Carolina says no.
I don't know why you think the fact that allstar dmen don't have a lot of takeaways means they're not indicative of solid defensive play, forwards tend to have a lot more takeaways than dmen anyway. Staal isn't in another stratosphere than Malkin defensively. Since Malkin has been in the league he's outproduced Staal every year, in 06-07 by 15 points, in 07-08 by 24 points, in 08-09 by 38 points and in 09-10 by 7 points.
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