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02-03-2013, 11:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Bryanbryoil View Post
I must admit that I am a bit surprised to see Gagner at only 40% on the year in draws. I went to see how RNH was doing and expected to see Gagner at say 45-48% and instead I see that RNH is 43.6% on 117 draws while Gagner is an even worse 40.0% on 105 draws. RNH is up 6.1% so far while Gagner is down 7.6%. We need both guys better in this area but I'm very surprised at Gagner's struggles in this area.
Again this nature of stat is largely noise until the sample of wins/losses improves. Also faceoff wins are skewed by how well your lineups recover pucks. Twice last night alone Gagner won the faceoff and his linemates didn't gain the puck. Which technically gets counted as a lost draw. I think Just having Taylor Hall on your line would increase faceoff % by a bout 5%. Eberle is also a good anticipating puck controlling magnet. Gagner has Yak who is figuring out NHL speed and timing at this level, and Hemsky who seems to have ADHD.

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