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01-21-2013, 03:50 PM
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Plus minus is a flawed stat I think we can all agree on that.
Kessel is also flawed defensively I think we can all agree on that.
Who cares if he's defence is "flawed". I think he's improved, but at the same time, he wasn't drafted 5th overall in the NHL for defence. People scrutinize him way too much for it, when he's far more of a threat offensively than he is defencively. It's an aspect of the game that needs improving, and he has improved on it to the point where i really don't see him as a liability anymore.
And +/- is more of a line/team oriented statistics. It speaks nothing about a player's ability on defence. If Datsyuk played on the leafs and was a -7, and Phil played on the wings and was a +13, would you conclude that Phil was a better defender than Pavel? HELL NO!
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