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12-31-2012, 11:26 PM
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Originally Posted by xAlex916 View Post
Really? You don't have much knowledge of the Stars obviously.

Loui Eriksson often does play against the other team's top line.
Mix of eyes and advanced stats. Corsi rel Qoc is a very good indicator of competition quality.

Originally Posted by hairylikebear View Post
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.
Marleau is consistently one of the Sharks best PKers every season as well. Erikson has better anticipation, but Marleau has size along the boards and is one of the fastest forwards in the league.

But yes, my initial argument was only 5 on 5 since that's what the players play at for the majority of the game. 16+ minutes of ES vs ~2 minutes of PK time at most. ES play should hold more weight.

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