AAA 2012 Division Semis: Pittsburgh Professionals vs. Eisbaren Berlin
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01-09-2013, 01:52 PM
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'68 CHI 56 GP - 12.634, 2.085 PK / 5
'70 MIN 66 GP - 23.283, 0.215 PP, 1.426 PK / 3
'71 MIN 73 GP - 25.367, .600 PP, 2.496 PK / 2
'72 MIN 78 GP - 25.649, 0.765 PP, 2.594 PK / 2/3
'73 MIN 60 GP - 24.259, 0.501 PP, 1.826 PK / 1/2
'74 MIN 76 GP - 25.296, 0.343 PP, 3.264 PK / 2
'75 MIN 74 GP - 23.827, 0.140 PP, 3.069 PK / 2
'76 MIN 69 GP - 22.769, 3.204 PP, 2.925 PK / 4
'77 MIN 65 GP - 22.190, 0.545 PP, 2.556 PK / 4
Weighted TOI Average: 14981.932 / 653 GP = 22.943 minutes per game
ES TOI Team Ranks: 1/2, 2, 2, 2, 2/3, 3, 4, 4, 5
'96 LAK 53 GP - 20.628, 3.796 PP, 1.923 PK / 5
'97 LAK 60 GP - 21.044, 2.746 PP, 1.680 PK / 3
'98 LAK 45 GP - 18.390, 2.340 PP, 1.190 PK / 4
'99 LAK 45 GP - 17.840, 2.410 PP, 0.530 PK / 5
'02 LAK 80 GP - 21.590, 2.880, 2.240 PK / 3
'03 DAL 80 GP - 20.490, 1.880 PP, 2.480 PK / 3
'04 DAL 70 GP - 22.410, 2.160 PP, 2.680 PK / 2
'06 DAL 66 GP - 23.410, 4.770 PP, 4.050 PK / 2
'07 DAL 76 GP - 22:53, 4:05 PP, 3:01 PK / 3 1,740:20
Weighted TOI Averages: 15476.544 / 748 = 20.691 minutes per game
ES TOI Team Ranks: 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 5, 5
Getting a feel for how these pairs compare is more difficult. I like Lamoureux and his all-star record is very appealing at this level, but it does seem bothersome that his career coincided with the war years. His 3 seasons of all-star votes were '44, '45, and '46.
Levinsky I'm even less sold on. Nice that he part of two cup winners like Lamoureux, but I have no idea how important he was to those teams. He has great longevity for his era and received a single all-star vote once but that's all I've got. If he had some anecdotal support, like I found for Bowman, that would help clear things up.
Boucher's a much more known commodity. He showed up in all-star voting once placing 14th in 2007 when he scored 19 goals. I think he rose to a level of defensive responsibility in his Dallas days, PKing under Tippet, that gives him an advantage over the Berards of this draft.
I think Reid or Lamoureux are probably the best defender of this group. Based on the war years, I think a case can be made for Reid. Reid had basically no offensive game, but his defense was good enough to tie for 10th place in 72's all-star voting. He averaged more estimated TOI over his career than Brown or Smith and essentially never saw a powerplay in his career. I don't think many other defense-only guys can claim a similar voting record, even with it being just one season.
Lamoureux brings good offense without sacrificing defense and brings a physical game. Levinsky seems to be a conservative type who could skate and hit. You definitely have the physical edge here. Boucher is my best offensive defender mentioned thus far and is on Manery's level PP-wise. I think his defense is passable here as well. Reid is there to shore that up and while he isn't going to wow anyone with the puck on his stick, I think he and Boucher fit each other very well.
I want to claim an advantage here, but doing so is mostly because I'm not sold on Levinsky. I like Reid here a lot. I was very high on Lamoureux coming into the draft but the war year concern does loom. I still think he's better than Boucher, but I'm sort of giving him the benefit of the doubt and putting a lot of stock in war year all-star votes in doing so. I mean his career basically started and ended when the war years did. I'm less willing to do the same with Levinsky until I learn more. Unless Levinsky was more than a role player on those teams I see the edge of Reid over him as the swing in Pittsburgh's favor here.
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