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11-04-2012, 09:02 PM
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Originally Posted by eva unit zero View Post
Toews is 40-40, if we're going by per-82.

The thing not being considered in this thread is the fact that most centers can easily be converted to play the wing. Wingers generally can't be converted to center easily. A 60-point two-way center can play a more offensive style if converted to the wing, and perhaps score 70-80 points. A good example is Valtteri Filppula; his production increased a great deal when he as moved to the wing last season and allowed to play a more aggressive offensive game. The center is probably more valuable because he's more versatile. A 40-40 winger isn't a huge upgrade offensively over a 30-30 center in a tight game/series, but the assumed defensive difference suggested in this thread could definitely be the game breaker. Not to mention faceoff abilities; which means puck control.

More centers/capable faceoff men and your team is more likely to control the puck. Control the puck and you are less likely to be scored on, and more likely to score.
Toews is not 40-40. He has never reached 40 goals.

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