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01-28-2013, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by IWalkThroughWalls View Post
Staal is obviously a better player than Desharnais.

But still, 2 seasons ago, Staal had 296 shots on net and Cole 201.

Last season, Cole had 241. 40 more shots than the year before... that's 5 more goals with a 12% shooting percentage.

Pacioretty had 286 shots. DD had only 98.

Obviously, a winger playing with DD will get more shots on net, because he's got a pass-first mentality. That's why DD is good with wingers who like to shot. That's also why that line meshed so well last year. It's not ridiculous to suggest Desharnais helped Cole get a career year.

This is also why I'm not sure Eller is a better fit with 2 shooting winger, but that's another story.
That's why I'm suggesting DD on the wing. He can still create there and you don't have to be big on the wing as you do at center. Get a center who can score goals (ehh hmm Galchenyuk) and put DD on the wing to feed him. With the cycle game players move around anyways. It just makes more sense in the face-off circle (yes Galchenyuk is poor at face offs right now but it's the premise) and when back-checking and you're facing bigger centers.

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