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01-06-2013, 03:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Paul4587 View Post
People seem to fail to take this into consideration and label Getzlaf as being average at best defensively. From 08-09 to 10-11 Getzlaf's line would go head to head against the opposing teams top forwards and Getzlaf's line would normally come out better off. While he wasn't being used in a strict shutdown sense, Getzlaf has always very capable defensively. He's no Selke candidate, but he's certainly above average.

Assuming Getzlaf bounces back from his bad year, when you factor in physical play and offensive ability he should take this poll easily.
While Getzlaf is above average defensively, Bergeron is above average offensively. Bergeron is also one of the best faceoff men in the league ( top 3 ) while Getzlaf is poor at the dot. Faceoff ability is a huge difference between the two, I think it was a 12 percent difference last year ( career wise Bergeron has been better as well ).

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