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04-23-2012, 10:29 PM
NYR Sting
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I'd be shocked if he doesn't show up in the top 8-10 of Selke votegetters. His role changed a bit this season, and it required him to shift his focus to the offense to some degree. He spent a lot of time with Richards playing against good lines that outproduced them, but that doesn't mean he played poor defense. It means his line wasn't scoring as much, which isn't surprising, as his time on Richards' wing was spent with misfit options on the LW.

As great a defensive forward as he is, he's not as good as Datsyuk or Bergeron. He and Backes are on similar levels, but Backes is a little more of a factor due to his size and strength.

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