Is Grabovski a top-six centre on a contender?
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12-11-2012, 12:12 AM
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Which is a statistic that involves 19+ players, and not just Grabovski or his line.
So the claim is that Grabovski is good defensively and the evidence is that he played on the Leafs' shut down line. In front of solid defensive defensemen like Dion Phaneuf and Brett Lebda and a solid goaltender like James Reimer.
And when the Leafs' GA is called into question, you state that it's not the fault of the shutdown player/line because the team sucks?
Matt Stajan's offensive numbers disappeared are because he was moved from Calgary's first line to the checking line 27 games into 2010-11; he had 18 points at the time, and would score 13 more over another 49 games that season as the checking center. That rate continued with 18 points in 61 games last year. This happened because he was the only defensively capable/willing center and the only faceoff winner on the team - Jarome Iginla and Craig Conroy are the only other players on the team since Stajan moved to Calgary to take more than 50 faceoffs total and average 50% or better. Conroy's last game was Stajan's last on the top line before moving to Conroy's spot.
Stajan is better defensively. Much like teammate Jay Bouwmeester, he has taken flak for his contract, but he has succeeded as the lynchpin in a defensive role on a team that has played a defensive style for years. With Mikael Backlund looking to be a viable checking center option, Hartley may choose to move Stajan back up to the top line instead of moving Cammalleri into the middle.
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