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11-19-2012, 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Mike Farkas View Post
My first pick of the round will round out my defense quite nicely. I need a righty on the third pairing and this guy has logged some pretty good minutes over his career and he has a good resume both offensively and defensively.

D Gord Murphy

I'm not 100% sure how to do the exact career ATOI (because I figure you have to weight it for games played and what not) but I have him up over 22 gaining on 23 minutes per night for over 900 games (incl. playoffs). He played in all situations, he led his clubs in even strength time very often and when he didn't he was right up there (including 1999 when it seems that just about every Panther d-man played 16/night). I have him as a #1 for about half of his career basically in ES time, which is impressive.

He brings a lot to the table. Kind of jack of all trades, master of none type of guy. Good skater, good offensively and could work the puck on the power play. Solid on the PK because of positioning and stick skills. Not much of a bruiser certainly, but he'll be paired with Luke Richardson (or Sean O'Donnell), so that'll take care of itself. A player that adapted from the high-flying 80's brand of hockey into a really steady player in the 90's while being looked at as a leader on the expansion Panthers (who made that team run under his watch in 1996).

Next I got a guy that adds even more speed to my forward lineup, he's a good player offensively and with his speed and smarts can get it done defensively just fine. Played a lot of power play and some PK over his career. 6x 20-goal scorer (if you give him the '94 lockout - 14 in 48 games). I'll do more on him when I have time, but he might even be a better fit for my 2nd line than 4th, we'll see...

RW/C Nelson Emerson

Emerson is a very solid pick... but Murphy....

Murphy is actually why I said "Poti might have one of two best TOI profiles of all available post-expansion defensemen", and not definitively the best. (with roughly the same TOI and career games, you could give Poti the tiebreaker for being on better teams, but Murphy had the better defensive teams, so call it a wash)

Murphy was a guy we held in as high esteem as Hardy (another 900 minute, 22+ minute guy); we think they're equally valuable, but just in different ways. Given that we already had Lidster on the 2nd, we couldn't take Murphy for that spot; it would be too soft a pairing; it had to be Hardy.

We also considered making him a 3rd pairing specialist because he was sort of a "too good to pass up" kind of player but ultimately decided to go with a more offense-heavy guy in Poti.

Interesting fact - Murphy was either the top defensive defenseman (based on sum of ES and SH TOI) - or within a minute of the leader (so either a leader or essentially co-leader) - on a top-6 defensive team four times. I realize they had Beezer and a very defensive style, but still, good for him for being the guy playing the defensive minutes.

the fact that he's a righty makes him more attractive yet, and I am shocked he took this long to get taken. I think he and Derek Morris (who was applauded as a good late MLD pick) are practically equal.

lastly - to calculate average minutes, just use those minute sum columns on the far right. one represents total minutes, the other ES. Sum those up, then sum up games played, divide, and boom! (off the top of my head I think he was 22.72 or something)

Originally Posted by BudsBuster View Post
Well since I have size and sandpaper already of my 4th line why not add some annoyance and offense while not giving away any defense what so ever. The barracudas select an ugly little ******* LW/RW Jason Blake.
He can play C too... he's a legitimate 3-position forward.

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