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11-01-2012, 10:32 AM
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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.
Even with your stats, if you average the shifts / game and TOI per game. Gardiner still started an equal amount shifts in his defensive zone as Couturier. He just played more in the offensive zone... a lot more.
You have your oppinion. I have mine. Defense is the most difficult possition to play outside of goalie. You build your team from the net out. Its not often that a rookie Dman comes in and plays as well as gardiner did. Hes got a lot more to prove, however with some quality supporting players hes a piece im not willing to part with.
This doesnt mean i dont like Couturier or think hes a great player. Jake Gardiner is not replaceable. His mobility and patience with the puck is outstanding. YOu can never have enough Jake Gardiners. I drool thinking about our future PP combinations with Rielly in the cupboard.
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