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11-30-2012, 02:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Hemsky_83 View Post
Who cares about a lesser team? A more indicative index would be to look at who he's playing with and what situations he's being put in.

Hall has
a) more offensively dynamic linemates (RNH/Eberle > Bergeron/Marchand)
b) more PP minutes (2:27 for Seguin, 3:03 for Hall)
c) worse QualComp to deal with (0.03 for Hall, 0.057 for Seguin = 140 forwards separate Hall and Seguin in terms of the competition level of the opposition they faced at even strength)
d) more TOI in general (18:13 for Hall vs 16:56 for Seguin)

He's actually being given more opportunity to thrive offensively and produce - which he has to his credit. I think NHL fans are cognizant of this, but the gap that should exist between Hall and Seguin in terms of offensive production given the opportunities that Hall sees just isn't there.
So if you look at every part of an argument that could favor Seguin while ignoring the rest, he looks better than Hall? You dont say!

What about the fact that Hall played a substantial portion of the season not lined up with RNH/Eberle... (Im not even sure they were his most common even strength linemates)
What about Hall playing a substantial portion of the season injured?
What about the huge gulf of coaching ability and resulting systems separating Renny from Julien?
What about the massive gulf in quality between Boston's defense and Edmonton's? Dont think those guys have an impact in a forward's performance?

Yes, Hall is given more of an opportunity to produce offensively, but Im pretty skeptical that isnt balanced out by the fact that the team he plays on is weaker than the Bruins in every way possible. It's a team sport, and the incompetence of others can easily drag down the performances of stronger players.

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