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03-11-2013, 04:28 PM
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Close between Staal and Semin. Go with the goal scorer. It can't be understated how good that Staal has been this year in ways that aren't just a product of how strong Semin has been. If you had told me that Staal would be over 54% on home draws this year and over 52% total I would have thought you were crazy. +17 G/TA ratio. Tied for 3rd in the league in takeaways.

It would be easy to isolate Semin as the "factor that changed", and thus credit him for the success of the line as a whole, but it can't be understated that Tlusty is doing his part to make that line click and the fact that Staal is an elite player is doing a lot to help Semin too. The fact that Semin now trusts his linemates enough to pass before shooting has taken HIS game to another level too.

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