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08-21-2012, 08:25 AM
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Originally Posted by NWShark View Post
Doesn't matter much what the stars fans say. One of our advanced stat posters put up a big thing a while back about how well he was doing against good competition in a 3rd line role.

People rag on THorNton all the time too but the advanced stats seem to say he's awesome.
What the advanced stats say is that he is decent at possession as a third liner against tough competition. He's never been a producer of points. He may bring solid play and I don't think anyone has disputed that but he's not going to be the catalyst for scoring on his line and has a better track record as a 4th liner.

As for Thornton, the advanced stats isn't something people rag on him for. His contributions and abilities are obvious. His issues are also obvious. The turnovers, his poor play on the PK, and his unwillingness to be the goal scorer even if it is for the team's benefit.

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