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03-04-2012, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by natey2k4 View Post
I agree that we lack an elite faceoff specialist. No doubt about it (except for Noke, but he doesn't seem like the type of player they want to give a decent amount of ice-time too).

Desharnais is all over the board. He's got more wins than losses on the PK in the defensive zone, but at ES he's got more losses.

He's basically 50% in the neutral zone, so that means he's basically 50% mixed between the def and off zone's as well.

We definitely need a faceoff specialist who can suit up for 10-15 minutes a game without hurting the team because we don't have an elite guy. Desharnais at 50% is our best regular center, which obviously isn't poor but there is no real advantage at 50% (he was also putrid to start the season around 25% - so that means he's been over 50% for the last 3/4).

Plekanec is sub 50% and last I checked, Eller was way below 50%. So we definitely need some help there if Noke isn't the answer.
Plekanec is always around 50%. Some seasons he's just below 51%, some seasons he's just above 49%. Looks like Desharnais is going to be the same as he was 49.7% last season and 50.0% atm. Both seem to go on hot and cold streaks in faceoff %. Neither are good faceoff guys as those tend to be closer to 55% (ie. Koivu, Halpern, Moore). Eller needs some faceoff help for sure, although it isn't uncommon for centers his age to struggle. He has improved a bit though, was 42.4 last season and 45.7% this season. This is a teachable skill but it's good to have at least one guy who has mastered it.

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