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03-18-2013, 04:21 PM
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Originally Posted by CouchScout View Post
I've said this exact same thing for weeks now, Pavel likes to have a big-bodied guy with him at all times for grinding, someone would have been done WAY earlier if he disliked it, Hes freakin Datsyuk, theres no way Babcock wouldnt listen to his demands.
Originally Posted by Bench View Post
I really hope Bertuzzi gets healthy so we can go back to complaining about his production on Datsyuk's line. Beating up on Abby just doesn't feel as fun, ya know? Dude never even came close to a scoring title.
I think this is the case- Dats likes having a big body to work in the corners and crash the net. With Bert injured, the Wings don't have anyone other than Abby who can do these things well. On the physical side, Abby leads the team by over 20 hits (the nearest top-6 six player, Mule, has less than half as many hits). Other than Bert, the Wings (sadly) don't have anyone more capable of being a physical top-6 player. Also, the Wings prospect pool isn't flush with these players either.

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