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06-09-2011, 05:37 PM
JT Dutch*
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Originally Posted by Sydor25 View Post
How many of those draws was Stoll kicked out of and Handzus took?
... I can't remember that happening too much. If Stoll got kicked out, usually Smyth took the draw - and in fact Smyth led all Kings' wingers in faceoffs (132).

How often do you figure a guy gets kicked out of the circle, anyway? This is a legit question; I'm not trying to be rhetorical here. About once every ten times he takes the draw? Stoll took 1310 total faceoffs - and Smyth took 132, about one-tenth of Stoll's number. So it would match up pretty well.

Originally Posted by Sydor25 View Post
Also, which side were the draws taken from? Murray used them depending on the side the faceoff was taken.
... A very good question that unfortunately I can't answer.

Originally Posted by Sydor25 View Post
This also shows that Murray used Handzus too much and wasted one of the best faceoff players in the NHL.
... It's a tough call. For the last couple years before this season, Handzus was the best defensive forward the Kings had, and actually it wasn't close. I don't blame Murray too much for sending him out there.

As this season went along, however - Handzus was slowing down. It was noticeable, and sad to see. I suppose Murray figured he'd bide his time until Michal came around. Unfortunately, he never really did.

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