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02-18-2013, 03:25 PM
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Originally Posted by vanwest View Post
Agree with the bold. The problem is how do you measure whether physical play helps or prevents goals. The impact of having a more physical player and team may be felt throughout the lineup rather than simply on that individual player's numbers. That i swhy in my view stats are a good starting point but don't show the complete picture in all cases.
One of Bieksa's biggest strengths, IMO, like Burrows, is to provide a goal or assist at key times in a game or playoff series. I suspect that this is something that can be measured statistically.
You measure physical play by how many goals the other team scores. How many goals did the Canucks (Sedins) score in the Cup finals against Boston, especially as the games became more physical. Players who have a physical presesnce make a huge impact on a game, and especially a playoff series. The Canucks would be served well by getting a defense-man who plays like Bieksa, but is bigger.

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