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02-06-2013, 05:46 AM
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Originally Posted by muzion View Post
What I'm saying is all these guys played at least a few games with Plek last year, and all of them performed under expectations wit him. He didn't create anything 5 on 5 thus lost his spot to DD. He had a bad year, deal with it.

People rag on DD for only reaching the 60 pt mark as a no 1 center, well he would have put up the same career highs that Plek did with a healthy Markov. So thrashing him for that is ridiculous. He created a lot of offense at even strength, something we've been lacking it seems forever, and for people to not recognize that is unfortunate.
The point is that DD only got 8 more points than Plekanec in spite of being in a vastly and comprehensively superior situation:

- Plekanec was up against a Corsi Rel Qoc of +0.905, DD was up against +0.007.
- Plekanec played with Staubitz, White, Moen, Darche; whereas DD played with Cole and Pacioretty.
- Plekanec had even-strength 308 offensive zone starts, whereas DD had 347 even-strength offensive zone starts, a massive 13% difference.
- Plekanec played 16 fewer minutes on the PP and 17 fewer minutes on ES.

In spite of all these advantages, some of which are massive, DD only had 8 more points, and 1 fewer goals. Ergo, it is clear that Plekanec is the superior offensive player. He's also superior defensively. Galchenyuk will soon be superior offensively. Where does that leave DD?

As some place else than a top-6 center. He could be, for example, a top-6 winger who becomes a top-6 center when there's an injury, that would be quite fine.

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