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11-20-2012, 09:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Dojji View Post
If a player as big as Wheeler did what Marchand does, we'd call him a ***** and if you're honest, you'll admit it.

We love Marchand because he's tiny and still "relatively" physical. He'll try to make smart hits and he won't shy away from contact despite being outmatched on paper. Take a guy who's 6'5" and we'd all say that "if he's going to initiate, *a guy that size* ought to be able to finish." You know it. I know it.

Trying to pretend that the standards for Wheeler were anywhere near where they are for Marchand is just deluded. Heck, half the reason he's so beloved is that there WERE no expectations for Marchand. In the same environment I'd have to think we'd have appreciated more what we got out of Blake Wheeler. As it is people can't quite see past the high overall pick with Wheels and appreciate what they actually have, even if it's a relatively decent package, the same way they can't with Pouliot, and for exactly the same reasons.
Three things:

1. Brad Marchand has scored one less goal and 13 less points in 48 LESS games than Wheeler did as a Bruin.

2. Brad Marchand was a key ingredient in the Bruins' Stanley Cup run. 11 goals, 19 points in 25 games. Compare that Wheeler's ONE goal and SIX points in 21.

3. Brad Marchand initiates contact and wins physical battles at a far greater rate than Wheeler ever did here. And that's despite the size difference.

There's a reason that Marchand is treated with more respect here than Wheeler was. He's a better hockey player.

Your strawman draft position BS doesn't fly. We like players who play well in Boston. We don't like players who play like losers.

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