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08-01-2012, 09:00 AM
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Kaberle really did help. People will laugh at that, and I forget the nubmers, but our PP was about 11.4% without him, and 17.3% with him. That's a 50% improvement.

And while we can claim Subban was ineffective, he still scored 5 goals on the PP - good for 8th in the league. And while everyone now hates Weber, he still potted 4 goals on the PP - good for 16th in the league.

This leads me to believe the problem was really with the forwards. An awful Cammalleri, useless Bourque, Gionta hurt, Pleks stuck at the point instead of down low, and it took a while for Cole to actually produce on the PP too - it's really not his thing.

We'll see a dramatic improvement in the PP next year. How can we not? It now features:

PK Subban - led the league in PP goals by a D in his rookie season. Has 14 of them over his 2 full years in the league - only Chara and Shea Weber have more (16 each).

Andrei Markov - was the best in the business before injuries. Led the league with 39 PP points in his last full season. Has made Souray, Streit and (to a lesser degree) Bergeron rich defensemen.

Tomas Kaberle - led the league in PP points with 51 (!) the season after the lockout, and was still top 10 in 2010-11 when everyone claimed he already sucked.

Those 3 guys will figure it out. Adding full-time Gionta with a much-needed right handed shot is just a bonus.

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