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11-01-2012, 10:26 AM
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So i guess your perception of Toronto's entire D core makes gardiners top 3 accomplishment as a rookie in the NHL moot?
He was our 2nd most productive defenseman. Best plus minus defenseman amongst the top 4. Lone bright spot on the leafs last year.
I like Gardiner. But he's got a lot to prove at least on the defensive side of the puck. Two things:
1 - He was 21 last season. Couturier was 18
2 - His Corsi QoC was -0.243 and 56% of his starts were in the offensive zone. He wasn't used against the opponents top players. He played sheltered minutes (defensively). Couturier? Corsi QoC of 0.174 and only
of his starts were in the offensive zone. That shows a TON of trust in an 18 year old rookie.
Couturier IS currently valued more. Gardiner is also a valuable piece, was probably the best rookie defenceman last season. But I still put Couturier ahead.
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