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08-13-2012, 01:58 PM
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Originally Posted by eva unit zero View Post
The only things Abdelkader does better than Emmerton are take faceoffs and hit. Emmerton is a better offensive player, he simply wasn't given the opportunity Abdelkader was last year. Abdelkader is able to play much more offensively on the wing and created far more offense from the wing than he did at center. The same is true of Emmerton, but Emmerton spent a much larger portion of his season in the middle while playing fewer minutes with weaker linemates.
Taking faceoffs is a pretty important part of being a center, though. And being physical is a fairly standard trait for a guy on the fourth line and killing penalties. Abdelkader is the better player right now. He's better on the wing and he's better in the middle. And Emmerton was given an opportunity last year. He played in 71 games and he never stepped up.

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