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04-10-2011, 10:13 AM
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Originally Posted by WeThreeKings View Post
It's a statistic anomally with Pyatt. Face it, the guy is just a plug, he won't do anything good and he won't do anything bad. He's a non-factor in the grand scheme of the entire game.
Getting the puck out of trouble is something good. Killing penalties successfully is something good. Preventing odd-man rushes is something good. Skating faster than most of your opponents is something good. Playing all out and coming to the bench when your shift is supposed to be over is something good. Competing hard, getting your nose dirty, taking hits to make a play all while almost never taking a penalty, that is good. "Plugs" as you put it don't do all that much of those good things, unfortunately.

I agree that the DEGREE of difference between the team's record with Pyatt in and out of the lineup is somewhat anomalous, but the fact that there IS a noticeable difference when we take Pyatt out and play some other bottom liners instead is NOT a coincidence. Because the truth is that Pyatt DOES produce more good than bad, while most other bottom-line forwards produce more bad than good.

Did you think that "plugs" make Team Canada Junior teams? Twice?

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