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03-20-2013, 10:59 AM
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LEAFANFORLIFE23
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Originally Posted by seanlinden View Post
That's mainly because of injuries... and that wasn't even a problem for Connolly last year.



No, I'm telling you that Tyler Bozak is a better LINEMATE for Phil Kessel (and Lupul/JvR) than Mike Ribeiro. I have no doubt that Ribeiro would help them score more goals, but that difference would definitely be more than offset by the goals against. That line does not have problems scoring goals, where they have problems, is keeping it out of their net.

Phil Kessel is never going to be a good defensive player, the way you insulate that is by giving him linemates with size who are strong on the puck, and can maintain posession in the offensive zone. Tyler Bozak is far superior in that regard.



You're missing by far the most important component -- Phil Kessel's centre needs to be strong on the puck, and successful in the dirty areas of the ice. That isn't Mike Ribeiro. We're better off with a guy who doesn't neccessarily have the playmaking ability, but somebody who can keep the +/- of that line respectable. The way you keep +/- up, is by keeping the puck in the offensive zone. You generally can't be scored on when you have posession of the puck 200 feet from your own net.
So now you bring up the most overrated stat in hockey +/- in an effort to prove Tyler Bozak is a better fit on our top line, one problem that won't work for you either. Bozak career -48 , Ribeiro career even at 0.

Even this year dispite being on an AWFUL caps team. Ribeiro -5 Bozak -7

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