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02-29-2012, 10:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Dubkov21 View Post
The +- is one of the most misleading stats in hockey. A +8 is nice to have by all means, but it really doesn't say anything about his defensive ability.

He has a lot of the same problems in his own zone that we saw in the NHL: Not being able to clear the zone (though when he does it's often with a very nice, creative pass), not being able to win battles along the boards, falling down.

I'm not saying he is a defensive liability in the A, cause he isn't, but he does struggle.

This just shows how little you can use the +- stat to judge a players defensive abilities. No one in their right mind would claim that MZA is a better defensive forward than Newbury or Deveaux.

Plus minus isnt a perfect stat but when MZA has the highest on the team and has never been a minus player in 5 seasons it does show his offensive contributions have been greater than any defensive lapses. I actually saw a guy that was always first on his line to back check when he played for the Rangers

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