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02-22-2013, 04:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Avs_19 View Post
That's what I'm thinking too. I don't sit there and count each takeaway so I don't have anything to back this up but I don't know about those numbers. First O'Reilly last season and now Duchene among the league leaders. Stastny and Landeskog were pretty high in that category last season as well.

Avs should tell that dude to tone it down a bit. Next thing you know, Duchene is going to have a 10 page report with some data charts that include his takeaways when it's time to negotiate a new contract.
It's not so much that he has X number of takeaways and another player has Y number. Obviously these are hard and subjective stats to track.

But I don't think it's so hard to see on the ice his defensive responsibility and willingness to play physical have improved dramatically. I think these stats are in some ways, if not comparable to every other player in the league, still a reflection of that improvement.

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