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10-19-2003, 08:58 PM
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I don't think there's a problem with saying Torres was our best player over the last 5 games, MacT almost said as much himself.

Some guys contribute over and above what's printed on the stats sheet and that's what Raffi's good for.

Raffi assisted on our first goal of the season, scored our first game winner, assisted on our second game winner, and scored the goal that salted that second win away. Those were all very important and timely goals, and Torres has played very few minutes. That's not to mention how much of a boost it is when our 4th line goes out and gets some big hits and gets some good puck posession going.

By comparison, two of Smyth's goals came after the SJ result was all but in, and another of Smyth's goals was the empty netter when the Col game was done like dinner.

I'm not knocking Smyth but if you just want to compare points, Raffi's were right in the thick of the action when the games were still being hotly contested and Smytty's were just the icing on the cake.

You could make a good case for Staios and a couple other players, but without Raffi's contributions right now we'd be sitting at about 1-4-0-0.

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