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02-04-2013, 05:08 PM
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Uppsala, Sweden
Gonna divide this since there's a lot of bad statements here.
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The Zetterberg Era
Keep in mind I watched those two series very closely, really watched the LA one as well, but with no rooting interest. Yandle got abused by the Wings both years, you can blame it on Bryz who wasn't great but the pairing they were hurting was Yandle's pairing before getting to Bryz. Datsyuk ran wild on Yandle who had absolutely no answer and that was with Zetterberg out. The year before Zetterberg did his damage on Yandle. Seeing Yandle on the ice when they weren't on the powerplay was a very good thing for Wings fans in both years.
In 2010 he was a -1 against Detroit in a series where they got seriously blown out by the Wings in game 7(the Bryzgalov effect). In 2011 he was -5 and wasn't that good, no, but name one guy on the Coyotes who actually were good in that series? They got swept and they got swept pretty decisively with a really bad goaltender behind him. And even though they got swept he managed five points which isn't that shabby to be quite honest.
In 2012 he had ten points in sixteen games and were one of the best D-men in the entire playoffs the first two rounds. He was also +5 and was responsible preventing a lot of breakaways with his pokechecks.
As for the US thing, I have an actual rooting interest as an American. I want them to send the best team possible and I think leaving him at home probably helps that. They have plenty of puck movers that can fill his role and provide better defensive zone coverage.
It is the same reason he was left off the roster on the last go round.
Ah yes, in 2010 when he had a total of 0 full NHL seasons in his belt. That's a fair comparision. Say, why don't Sweden bring back Sundin for Sochi because ******* he was good back in 2006. I mean, eight years is nothing, right?
He has suited up for Team USA only once for the 2009-10 WC.
Before that he wasn't ready enough and after that he were either in or just out of the playoffs. Should Sweden ignore the Sedins in Sochi(not saying they're comparable but the situation is) because they don't dress for the WC?
He is in the running and I guess he could be the PP specialist but he doesn't have Olympic experience so he is unlikely to beat out any of the returning guys.
If the USMNT pass on Yandle for Erik Johnson, Jack Johnson, Tim Gleason, Brooks Orpik, a retired Brian Rafalski, Ryan Whitney or Ryan Suter(okay, Suter I wouldn't object to since they should be the first pairing guys) then they are going to have a *fun* time in the olympics.
Seriously, other than Suter I'd take Yandle over ANY of those guys any day of the week.
And they have some decent options over him.
He is by no means a shoe-in, he needs his defensive game to get better to earn that title, something that seems fairly unlikely. For me OEL is already the #1 d-man in Phoenix and with good reason, he is a much better all around player.
OEL is a better PKer and goes for hits instead of stickchecking, yeah, but his PP is worse and he have a lot less experience. Not ragging on OEL, I think he'll be one of the best D-men in the league within ten years, but right now he isn't better than Yandle. They just have different skill-sets.
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