Thread: Speculation: Jordan Staal V
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05-27-2012, 02:31 PM
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Originally Posted by StormCast View Post
Nope, not right at all. Not to be a dick but you asked and set yourself up for this.

As I've stated before Staal is better overall than Bolland but the margin is not all that significant.

Staal's advantages: better goal scorer, more physical, better along the boards, better intrazone defender. slightly better on draws.

Bolland's advantages: better playmaker, better passer, better defender transition, steps up game in playoffs vs. regular season.

Didn't take any time looking at stats, which is your preferred method, but rather I base it on observation. One can always quibble with some of the conclusions but you are not one of those as you've already acknowledged you haven't seen enough of Bolland to offer a subjective opinion.

In the final analysis though, Chicago and Pittsburgh aren't great trade partners as the Hawks have more pressing needs elsewhere.
No, I haven't. But when the hard evidence supports one side, the burden of proof should be on the other.

The fundamental problem with your evaluation is that you weight each attribute equally, as though "better goal scorer" and "better playmaker" even out, even though Staal is a far superior goal-scorer, while Bolland's pure playmaking (and passing, ha!) doesn't translate into any tangible advantage because Staal is big and strong enough to get himself into spots where a simple pass will get the job done, rather than having to thread the needle.

That's the difference between Staal and Bolland, and that's why Chicago has Bolland and is still looking for a 2C.

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