Bouchard vs Poti
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11-06-2003, 04:53 AM
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There is still a big difference between a 35 pt d-man and a 45 pt d-man. It's like being either a top 30 d-man or a top 10 d-man in terms of production.
Also, you're comparing ~35 games of Bouchard vs ~100 games of Poti. With Poti, I believe that 100 games is adequate to judge what we get out of him should his level of play remain exactly the same (I am of the opinion that Poti has untapped upside, but that's neither here nor there right now). 35 games, OTOH, is not an adequate sample size. You cannot take such a small chunk of time and say "This is what we can expect of him in terms of production." You are looking at a player whose professional career spans 11 years and 586 games in 3 professional leagues, and then making a judgement based on ~6% of his career.
I was a big fan of Bouchard last year, and I still am this year. I was all for signing him in the offseason over someone like Mironov. But, in all honesty, there is no way that Joel Bouchard will put up 35 points in an NHL season. Poti already has put up a 45 pt season.
There might be a big difference between a 35 and 45 point defenseman but not on a team with Brian Leetch and a team where Kovalev pllays the point on the PP. Add in the offense that deVries and Bpuchard provides and Poti's point are more than compensated for.
And which is the bigger difference, 35 pts. vs. 45 pts. or +10 vs. -10?
If you think that Bouchard's games played is too small a sampling to judge his production over the entire season that's fine. But you can't tell me that between the two Bouchard has not been more productive than Poti on the ice.
And you have conveniently ignored my point where I have said that if you want to messure a player's value to the team, that players trade value needs to be taken into account. Poti will fetch more in a trade than Bouchard would. If you could trade Poti and upgrade the defense or offense (say a player like Denis Gauthier) and still get the production from Bouchard and deVries, how can you not consider it?
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