Thread: Dion Phaneuf
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03-02-2013, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by number72 View Post
Taveres doesn't have great line mates and I don't see fans complain like people do of Kessel. People will come to realize that Kessel and Phaneuf are support pieces and are not sufficient as core blocks. That is, Kessel and Phaneuf cannot or do not make players around them better like Taveres or a Shea Weber could. That is not a knock on Kessel or Phaneuf but just to say they are notch below these other elite and top line players.
John Tavares plays with a multiple 30G(3-time) scorer on his wing and in his career season, last season he also had a ~70pt winger in PA Paranteau on his other wing. This is the equivalent to Lupul and 30G Kulemin or 12/13 JVR playing alongside Kessel - a drastic difference from Tyler Bozak.

Shea Weber has played his entire career with another top 5 defenseman in Ryan Suter. Now that they are separated is it a coincidence that Weber's numbers almost exactly mirror Phaneuf? Nope. They are both #1 defenseman playing alongside 2nd pairing defenseman. Though Roman Josi does appear to be breaking out ala Carl Gunnarsson.

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