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02-18-2013, 06:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Scurr View Post
He said exactly that, it's irrelevant if it's not preventing or scoring goals. I don't think that's the case. Is someone's shot irrelevant when it doesn't go in? There is a cumulative nature to these things. The hits and physical play don't always lead to more goals for and less against but over time lead to both.
If their shots never go in and the team doesn't score when they're on the ice, then yes, a player's shot is mostly irrelevant. Just like Ryan Johnson's shot blocking prowess was irrelevant because it did nothing to help the PK (and arguably made it worse).

Physical play is great, but if the end result is you spend a bunch of time in your own zone getting bailed out by your goalie then it's not a useful attribute.

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