2014 - Canada Roster Discussion (Part III)
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08-10-2012, 12:15 AM
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I disagree they're that better defensively. IMO you're discriminating against them based on their youth, and putting putting way too much emphasis on physical play for defense. Wingers don't need to be physical to be good defensively.
St. Louis playing with Stamkos padded his stats, there's no way around it. 60 goals 100 points, come on.
Eberle isn't slow.
MSL will 39 in 2014. I don't think he'll be ppg even if still playing with Stamkos. Eberle could easily be at 80-90 points and MSL at 50-60 points. Easy decision here.
Like I said if Bergeon is at the same level as this year, he should be there. However I think it was a career year and the 3 bolded will be clearly better offensively and not as far off defensively as you think.
Switch MSL and Eberle this year. No way MSL comes close to Eberle's 76 points because:
2-Very imited ice time for Oiler stars (he would play less than in TB)
3-RNH and Hall missed some time this year
Eberle was the 3rd most productive player 5-on-5 this season (points/ice time). Behind Crosby and Malkin
. Yes ahead of Stamkos.
But RNH isn't one dimensional and has drawn comparisons to Datsyuk. Obviously he needs to improve from his current form, but I see no reason why he wouldn't.
Couture is better offensively than everyone in that bunch though, and is definitely no slouch defensively. Imagine where he'll be in 2 years.
MSL won't be anywhere near the top 4 offensively in 2014. Come on. Crosby, Giroux, Stamkos, Tavares, Eberle is the top 5.
Richards isn't good enough offensively. They're are more talented and swifter skaters available.
Nash is on the bubble, 14/15th forward right now. If Skinner, Duchene, Couture, Seguin, RNH, Hall, don't improve enough I would put Nash in there.
Nash proved himself as a defensive forward DURING that tournament.
The only thing I disagree with is that Begeron, Richards and Nash are 70 point forwards. They're not anymore and I think my guys have a better shot at than them.
Also, before 2010, was Nash considered a good two-way player and penalty killer? NO.
Was Bergeron (same age as Couture will be in 2014) considered an elite defensive forward? At least not more than Couture currently is.
Some guys proved themselves at the Olympics (or after in Bergeron's case - Selke). Seguin and Couture are these types of guys that could break out and reinforce their rep as two-way players.
You'd be hardpressed to find anyone to agree with you on the bits about St. Louis and Eberle. Also, your stat about Eberle being third in ES points / ES icetime is wrong... Hes behind Stamkos and only barely above St. Louis, so I dont see why its even relivant. It was only a year ago he was nominated for the Hart...
Disagree on most everything else as well, and Bergeron was condidered an elite defensive forward.
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