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01-24-2013, 11:34 AM
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Where would you guys place OEL to Yandle? Who's having the better year next season (statistically)? Or has OEL already surpassed Yandle?
Statistically? It really depends what you're looking at. Yandle might get more opportunities on the PP, which may lead to more points on the stats sheet. But Ekman Larsson is already a better all-around defenseman. Last game he was on the ice for 25 minutes; Yandle 19. When the game's on the line, with 2 minutes left, OEL is the guy you want. He's calm and makes very few mistakes.
Yandle is more of a gambler, similar to Jovanovski but without the physical edge. He'll have his share of brain farts and turnovers but he's got a nose for the puck in the offensive zone. He'll jump in often and make something happen (well, when he's at the top of his game).
Ekman Larsson is more of a Lidstrom-type player. Discreet, smart, calm with the puck, but doesn't necessarily go for the risky play that'll compromise his positioning. For instance, Yandle always has to be paired with someone who can cover his ass (like a Morris, Michalek or Klesla). No need for that with OEL.
Both are very good, but difficult to compare.
EDIT: oh yeah, and Ekman Larsson can actually throw a hit and fend for himself when things get rough. Yandle? Not so much.
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