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03-16-2012, 11:52 AM
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Originally Posted by guymez View Post
Good post.

Thats exactly what my eyes were seeing on the ice as well with Gilbert. Apparently actually watching the game carries little weight with some people these days.

Gilbert was as you described him...a top 4 dman who didn't do anything with excellence. Not a throw away player by any means especially with the sorry defence this team has but the time I have watched Schultz this season with the Wild and the Oilers they got exactly who I thought they were getting. A strong skating defensive top 4 dman who consistently makes good positional decisions and is adept at moving the puck. The consistency is very important IMO because that wasn't a quality you could attribute to Gilbert.
Inconsistency has been this teams Achilles heel and players like Schultz help to change that equation.
Thanks. I know I shouldn't be so snarky but, my god, surely the fact that all NHL teams employ scouts is some kind of clue that statistical analysis is a supplementary source of analysis - not a primary one.

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