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07-13-2012, 01:32 PM
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Originally Posted by jweiner View Post
I agree that Wellwood should be in the lineup next year, but not on the third line with Couturier and Read. Paired with Talbot, they had 6 goals for and 2 against at even strength, and had shot differential of +5. Couturier and Read were exceptional together as they produced in limited time regardless of the other winger. Fedotenko will complement Couturier and Read nicely as Talbot and Wellwood will/should be paired together on the fourth line with Rinaldo/Shelley/Sestito while still producing.

When Voracek lined up next to G, they had 6 goals for and 6 goals against at even strength. When Read played with Giroux, they had 8 goals for and 8 goals against at even strength and surprisingly when Read played with Hartnell, they were 10 goals for and 0 goals against at even strength. Goes to show that Giroux needs another winger that can shoot volume on net (Jagr, Hartnell) and/or accurately with a high shooting % (Hartnell, Read).

That line of Simmonds, Briere and Schenn was good for one or two games (game 1 of Pitt) but for the most part, was atrocious defensively. Voracek looked good next to Briere and connected for a few goals in the playoffs.

Quick hits
- Read made everyone he played with on the ice better save Simmonds, Briere, Schenn and Jagr at even strength and even those 4 were only slightly under .500 at even strength. Add JvR to that list, and they were awful on ice together. 1 goal for and 4 against in limited time.
- Wellwood, in his limited time, made every player he was on the ice with better at even strength. That +12 was no fluke, and next to Talbot 6 goals for and 2 goals against, next to Rinaldo 1 goal for and 1 goal against. Bryz was a +7 with Wellwood on the ice, with 9 goals for and 2 goals against. Says something about Wellwood.
- Schenn made almost everyone worse at even strength save Briere, Talbot, Giroux and Rinaldo, and was only .500 at even strength with those four. Schenn really struggled through injuries and finding the right linemates this year. With JvR and Jagr gone Schenn should be penciled in for duty as a top 6 winger, favoring Giroux over Briere.

For anyone that is wondering, stats.hockeyanalysis.com shows metrics for how a player did in a lot of advanced stat measurements, worth a look.
There is a massive problem with using stats like this though. That is the teams that you are playing. You don't play an inform same level talent team every night. You can't use sample games of 2 and 3 games to evaluate a how a line plays together. Schenn was also recovering form a serious shoulder injury during the start of the season.

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