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02-05-2013, 01:24 AM
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Originally Posted by MPF24 View Post
Eh, that's a mostly accurate post but a bit unfair to Powe. His +/- is a bad indication as he's actually a very good defensive player and possible better than Prust in that one regard. Playing for a bad team and not putting up many points, it's hard to have a positive +/-. He is faster than Prust and hits quite a bit, and blocks more shots. He's also not exactly small at 6'0 212lbs. He simply isn't the fighter that Prust is, nor does he bring that same FIRE, but he is plenty physical, can really skate, is a very good shot blocker and will absolutely become a mainstay on our PK almost immediately. In those regards, he has several similarities to Prust. Prust's biggest edge is really intangibles and the overall intensity he brings to the ice. Keep in mind, Prust was essentially a freebie, throw-in when we acquired him. Torts is very responsible for Prust's transformation. Powe, being a very, very Torts kind of player, could easily see a slightly increased role and some overall improvement here, if all goes well. I'm certainly not counting on him being anything more than he already is, but he will already be "Prust-like" in some regards. He just isn't that same kind of player than Prust is, overall.
You're right that plus/minus numbers can often be misleading. But having not watched Powe play every day, I wonder why Minnesota would unload him for so little if they were not disappointed with him. Even good defensive players are a liability if they cannot score, and I suspect that is his problem. I'm not against the trade, and I welcome adding another penalty killer to the roster, but I'll reserve my optimism until I see him fit in with the Rangers.

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