The "Duchene vs. Tavares" Debate
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09-27-2011, 08:44 AM
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Duchene and Stastny play on different lines. So Stastny being a better passer is a pretty moot point. They do play some together on the PP, but at the same time Duchene still outscored JT by 9 points at ES. And anyway, Stastny had a poor year last season (had all of 2 more assists than Parenteau and 4 more than Nielsen), and it didn't stop
Duchene from still putting up the
same number of points as
Duchene does play on a line with Hejduk, and Hejduk currently is highly comparable to Moulson. Duchene's linemates last season
really weren't any better than
Tavares'. Goals per game is also
pretty irrelevent, since it also
means that Duchene played 26
games without Hejduk, whereas
JT played all season with Moulson.
Also, if you project Hejduk's gpg
over 82 games, it results in all of
3-4 more goals than Moulson
scored that season. Moreover, I
don't see much relevance in
looking at who had more help in
their rookie seasons in determining
who is better now.
After last season, that one is having their points boosted
significantly from the team they're
on is an argument that should be
laid to rest. On highly comparable
teams, they put up highly
comparable numbers. Both bring
other strengths to the ice beyond
scoring, and both are still
improving. Neither is notably better
than the other at present.
We will have to agree to disagree Seph, I notice on both of your replies, you failed to address my point of Tavares having to deal with other teams top checking/defensive forwards as opposed to having more freedom to create if your not the opposing teams main focus. This is a major point. First line always faces tougher defensive players.
Also you mention Moulson and Parenteau. It's much easier to be productive when you are playing with Experienced/productive NHL wingers as opposed to CAREER Minor Leaguers. There is no coincidence that Moulson and Parenteau are having career years with Tavares as their center. That's another area where Tavares is under appreciated. He makes the players around him better.
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