The "Duchene vs. Tavares" Debate
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09-27-2011, 05:03 AM
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Moulson is a very comparable player to Hejduk at this point in their careers, and the Islanders secondary scoring drew a lot of top checking assignments due to Grabner's breakout. Also, the Islanders outscored the Avalanche (slightly). The linemates/team argument is pretty weak here and the two both put the same number
of points and led their team in
scoring by very similar margins.
They absolutely are comparable
players and neither has done
enough to really pull away as
decidedly better at this
Sorry to disagree with you Seph, but the Islanders had nobody as good as Stastny and Stewart on the Isles in Tavares first two years. These two guys besides being decent 20+ goal scorers, are way better passers than anyone the Isles had Tavares' first two years. Hedjuk, meanwhile scored 23 goals in only 56 games during Duchene's rookie season, which betters Moulson's goal per game pace. So Duchene definitely had more help his rookie season, and teams top defensivr lines keyed on Stastny, Stewart and Hedjuk more than Duchene, where as Tavares was hounded by teams top defensive lines from game one.
Granted, the Isles were more talented in Tavares second year, but even so, I still don't think there is an Islander as good as Stastny (would love to see Tavares fed passes from someone as good as Stastny), and Hedjuk, even though old, still is talented and scored 56 points, including 34 assists.
So the debate continues.
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