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03-02-2013, 09:26 PM
Disgruntled Observer*
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Originally Posted by Leaf Rocket View Post
I'll take the words of several duck fans and my eyes over stats such as those in the game of Hockey. In baseball WAR plays a crucial role but NHL is a different beast, and it's accepted as such. Still couldn't answer my question could you? If Corsi is so reliable then why is that Gillis who apparently follow it strongly wasn't able to get the cup against the bruins, nor later on?

Teemu was a bit crazy in his defensive game when he was playing under carlyle, yea he was using his body effectively but not playing a whole game, yet here we are, him scoring like a legend still and playing a two way game that still makes him a respectable man on the ice. This is him in twilight years and in his prime, why can't a player like Phil Kessel who is still playing with a third line center in bozak be able to accomplish the same thing? Why is that not into consideration? Oh yea remember players like Dan Sexton, and Bobby ryan? How about them, forget them so easily? Yea Kessel will never be a hard hitting powerforward but he'll always make his line mates better, be it a third line center bozak, a up-coming JVR, or a reclamation project Lupul. When he finds players with skills, he'll elevate his skill as he can feed off it. Atleast this season he's showing, albeit the past few games he's been atrocious along with the entire club, he's willing to back check, use his body to cover the puck in the o-zone from time to time, and stick check and forecheck. Comparing that to his wilson's age? I'm happy and he'll get better under Carlyle's Tutelage.
After Brown's hit in Montreal, the vast vast majority of leaf fans here (maybe even 100% of them) said that the ref over-reacted.
On the Habs forum however, the vast vast majority claimed that Brown AT THE VERY LEAST deserved a 5 and a game.
My point?
People dramatically underestimate how badly bias affects their opinions.

Which is why I'm VERY skeptical when someone says something like "I trust my own eyes over those well researched statistics".

Kessel has decent vision, an excellent wrist shot, and great speed.
When he's "on", those strengths and his overall production outweigh his weaknesses.
But when he's "off", his weaknesses are a flat out liability for the team.

And those well researched stats prove that... regardless of how leaf fans biased "eyes" respond to those statistics.

If Kessel could EVER find consistency in his game, he'd be much more of a legitimate star player.
But it's now been 7 years and inconsistency seems to be a theme.
If he wants anything over 6 million, let him walk.

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