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03-13-2013, 01:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Big Phil View Post
I don't know how good it is necessarily, but 228 PIM while scoring 52 goals shows that had he spent less time in the box he would have had more. Plus it at least shows you are involved on the ice, which we know Tkachuk was for sure. And no doubt he took some stupid penalties, but he had quite the edge to him back then as well and if you have that many PIM you are likely to get more room on the ice.
I get that he was good at making room for himself on the ice but isn't it possible to do that without 228 PIMs? Especially when you have a linemate in Roenick who himself had 100+ PIMs? John LeClair was pretty good at making room for himself on the ice and he only had 64 PIMs at most in a season. LeClair had Lindros though who was on pace for a few 200+ seasons. But Todd Bertuzzi made a lot of room for himself and Näslund and he never had 150+ PIMs. Cam Neely made a lot of room for himself and had 175 and 190 at most. It's the lovefest for the number 200 that's a bit annoying.

Tkachuk's 96–67 season was very good but he "only" had 86 points in 81 games and didn't finish top 10 in points or even top 3 for LWs so it wasn't exactly like he set the league, or the world, on permanent fire.

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