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08-30-2012, 12:41 PM
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I think you just haven't looked deep enough into TK. His even strength production is at top 6 level when you weight for ice time. He just never gets any PP time to pad his stats (when he has, he's done fairly well).
Very underrated player that has top level compete effort on every shift. I don't want the Pens to trade him to anybody unless they get a Gogo/Neal-Niskannen type of deal.
TK is so much better than Talbot it's not even close. TK can drive the play without relying on other players like Talbot (who wouldn't be the best skater at any public skate).
He's (TK) been a positive Corsi player every year of his career (having better Corsi numbers than Crosby and Malkin for a couple of years)
TK averages about 2.0 even strength points / 60min ice time. Top 6 cut off level is about 1.6 Pts/60
Last year, this placed him ahead of Taylor Hall, Vanek, Backstrom, Grabovski, Perron, Ryan, Skinner, Jagr, Eric Staal, Nash, Marleau, (I could keep going). Do you get my point? TK produces at even strength, and he does it at a high level. He only makes 2mil. He has NOT produced at a 3rd line level. PIT's 3rd line usually went up against top lines too.
TK is vastly underrated and does not get the opportunity from his ill informed coaching staff to shine.
I get your point that Corsi numbers are totally irrelevant if you use it as a measuring stick to compare skill of players. I take any one of those players you said TK was ahead of.
I get that he may be underrated, but he's not that good. I'd love to have him, but he isn't THAT good.
I think he's exactly the kind of player that is cheap to acquire despite bringing a lot. Like how Flyers fans say Matt Read is worth a lot when he probably isn't...I think TK is the same way.
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