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09-19-2012, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Barney Gumble View Post
I would hope a defenseman five years older would have 'better' such numbers than a then 22-23 year old defenseman.

Are you referring to his corsi numbers when you wasn't playing with Hamhuis for any of the past two seasons or before Hamhuis was a Canuck (I doubt the later). Hamhuis acquisition helped Bieksa's game (or at least made him focus more on the defensive side of the game - whether he was later moved off the pairing [or an injury forced that to happen]).

From 2010:
Edler has one season (07/08 when Bieksa played 34 games) with a better Corsi rating than Bieksa.

In 10/11 Edler's was marginally better but he started almost 60% of his shifts in the offensive zone compared to 46% for Bieksa.

IMO Bieksa getting healthy has more to do with his improved play than Hamhuis. Regardless, he's always been amongst our best corsi players while Edler has never been.

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