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06-07-2012, 08:32 PM
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Originally Posted by PhoPhan View Post
I understand points are not the most important thing for a defenseman, but for a team like the Coyotes that relies so heavily on counterattacks and a transitional game, defensemen who can move the puck up ice (whether by passing or puckhandling) are supremely important. Yandle is thus far the best player on the team at this.

Could OEL be better as soon as next season? Sure. He looked great in the playoffs. But I'm not ready to crown him the #1 yet. Remember how good Turris looked in last season's playoffs?

Sample size. Sample size. Sample size.

Let's also consider how many of these guys are on ELCs. We've seen a few guys strongarm Maloney into trading them already. Who's to say OEL or someone else won't pull the same garbage? At the very least, can we not place some value on one of the very few players committed to this team for a longer term?
I am ready to anoint OEL our #1 based just on his regular season play. The sample size is there.

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