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01-25-2013, 11:54 AM
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Originally Posted by henchman24 View Post
When you are a PURE defensive player you don't get any offensive minutes, so it is much, much harder to get the points to balance out the +/- statistic. Silent Jay only had 34% of his faceoffs in the offensive zone last year, that is a really low percentage. Combine that with him linemates usually being somebody like Highlander and Kobasew and you have a line that will struggle to score 20-25 goals. They are bound to be a - simply because of their roles.

It isn't unusual to have great defensive players be a minus on the season, especially if they are in a 3rd or 4th line role. ROR has only had 1 year of being a plus player. Pahlsson (one of the best pure defensive players of the 2000's) had only 1 season of being a plus player. I could go on with this list to include players like Brandon Sutter, Brodziak, Nielson, etc. Because a player is a minus, doesn't mean they are bad defensively by any means.
Exactly....

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