Thread: Proposal: Give Plekanec a chance?
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07-14-2012, 11:30 AM
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I really hate the Plekanec vs Desharnais talk because they both are very different kinds of players and both have their uses but from every underlying stat I've seen it's clear Plekanec is still the best overall C on the team and it's not that close.

Really the only numbers that favour DD are points and +/-, and when you take into account context the latter is useless and the former is surprisingly close when you consider their respective roles on the team last year. And Desharnais was really not good at all when it comes to possession.

It still makes sense to use DD in an offensive role and Plekanec in a two way one, because the latter is a near-elite two way player and Desharnais isn't, but he has plenty of potential as an offensive player. But on a team with little offensive depth, to monopolize most offensive talent on one line is a bad idea unless we are talking multiple PPG players, which isn't the case.

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