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12-31-2012, 09:47 AM
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Originally Posted by SaintTavares View Post
The way i see it, they are two different players: Karlsson is a weapon, while Tavares is a cornerstone. Karlsson is someone who a franchise can use to win a cup, since it's extra offense from an unexpected spot. Tavares is someone who makes the rest of his teammates better. Parenteau and Moulson have become very wealthy men thanks to him. And while EK is the top one or two offensive d-men in the game, his defensive game is nowhere up to par with the other half. Thats not me trying to be a jerk, but theres a reason fans from every other team think he's just average defensively, and yes we watch him. I would rather a franchise centerman than a high-scoring defenseman anyday. Look at all the recent cup winners: with the exception of Boston, all the teams relied on reliable, franchise centers.
Doughty, Chara, Keith, Letang, Lidstrom, Niedermyer, Pronger.

Yes, Karlsson is average defensively for a first pairing dman.

All franchise players make other players better.

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