Malkin to Leafs
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06-27-2011, 12:14 PM
Lost in The Flood
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"This is a list of players who have been used preferentially in offensive situations by their teams. Some were used that way because they are top offensive talents and it is the best way to use their skills (Evgeni Malkin, Alexander Ovechkin)"
Quote from the same article you linked us to... Means that number of offensive starts are skewed upwards when a coach tactically puts a 'top offensive talent' into the game after the opposing team ices the puck or a whistle is called in the offensive zone. The fact that he is among the league leaders in this proves that he is a 'top offensive talent', not that he is a cherrypicker
Actually, I'm pretty sure it means that Malkin lines up in the offensive zone, even when the faceoff isn't there, which is why he is such a cherrypicker. From his posts that's the only thing that makes sense to me.
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