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09-16-2012, 07:22 AM
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Stastny is not tough, has played a full season twice in six seasons, is really not that great defensively and is making 6.6 to put up 50-60 points.
I know that he's getting less time as guys like O'Rielly and Duchene step in, but I don't see how two less minutes a game accounts for a 20+ point drop in production; he's a powerplay specialist (more than 1/3 of his career points have been PP).
I'd definitely welcome him on the Leafs, but for Kadri (a guy who looks primed to make the jump to be a producer of anywhere between 40-75 points) and a 1st? Phaneuf? Colorado has EJ, why do they need Phaneuf?
Stastny isn't soft player. He goes down-low along the boards and to the front of the net, it's actually where he plays his best. He doesn't shy away from the physical areas.
Stastny has averaged 70+ games a season through-out his career. Most of his missed games came from a broken arm one season and appendicitis the other season. Not exactly common conditions, more likely fluke injuries. However, I do agree it's likely he would miss a handful a games a season. To put this is perspective, only two Leafs and one Av played a full season last year.
I'd have to disagree with you on Stastny's defensive game. I would describe him as a good two-way player. He's a very smart player, he reads the play well.
Stastny has struggled offensively the last two seasons and I can see why that is concerning from someone looking in from the outside. I believe that his offensive slump is largely due to the quality of his linemates.
During the last two seasons Stastny's best linemates were Stewart(for a short period of time) followed by Jones and an ageing Hejduk. Stewart was traded and Jones and Hejduk(at this point in his career) are better used as depth players. During the last two seasons Stastny spent a large portion of time playing with a revolving door on his wing, with the likes of Galiardi, Yip, Kobasew, and Winnik filling the spots. These guys are decent NHLer's but should not be put on scoring lines.
This upcoming year should be different(if the lockout is resolved in time). The Avs finally have the depth on their wings to play with their three good centres. With Landeskog, Downie, McGinn, Jones, Hejduk and Parenteau in the fold there should be no more scrubs playing with Stastny, but also no more excuses for Stastny not getting his production back around the 70 point range.
Avs fans are asking for Phaneuf becuase they want to surround Johnson with experienced talent. Johnson isn't ready to do it all by himself, and the rest of the Avs defensive core is mostly bottom pairing guys. The Avs have some very nice prospects on defence, but none ready to make an impact this season.
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