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12-31-2012, 11:23 PM
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Originally Posted by WTFetus View Post
Top competition meaning the other team's best lines night-in and night-out. Eriksson is definitely no slouch defensively, but he isn't better than Marleau. Marleau faces the other team's top lines, whereas over the years, players like Burish, Ott, Dvorak, Morrow, and Fiddler have been facing the other team's top lines for Dallas.
Marleau's speed makes him better defensively at 5 on 5, but Eriksson's elite anticipation makes him a force on the penalty kill. Saying Marleau is definitively better defensively because of even strength line matchups is a lot like saying Eriksson is better offensively because he had more assists last season. It conveniently ignores the greatest strength of the player that isn't on your favorite team.

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