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03-25-2013, 09:58 AM
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Originally Posted by BillDineen View Post
These are PPG at even strength this year and last: (Improvements are in bold)

Jakub Voracek 0.548 0.487
Matt Read 0.480 0.418
Brayden Schenn 0.400 0.241
Claude Giroux 0.387 0.688
Tye McGinn 0.313 N/A
Danny Briere 0.308 0.457
Wayne Simmonds 0.286 0.402
Scott Hartnell 0.267 0.537
Maxime Talbot 0.258 0.358
Kimmo Timonen 0.161 0.289
Braydon Coburn 0.161 0.272
Zac Rinaldo 0.148 0.136
Sean Couturier 0.138 0.312

EDIT: Also, Tye McGinn has scored 0.029 points per minute played even strength vs Giroux at 0.025 points per minute played even strength.
There are some major differences this year than last year. Jagr was a great addition and did wonders for Giroux and Hartnell. Puck controlling to give Giroux and break and not having him do all the work was a big factor. Hartnell hasn't been good this season. He seems to have no chemistry. The lockout really hurt him.

Also, the amount of penalties this team takes is just ridiculous. Its hard always being on the PK. Also, Carle not being here took away a PMD. Flyers have none. there are so many things that are attributing to this team not being good right now. I see people trying to argue giving Giroux 8 million a season would be a mistake. Personally I was hoping for a 7 year 49 million dollar deal or something similar. You can live with paying your star players big wages, but you can't do that when you have guys like Briere, Bryz, Hartnell, Coburn, Meszaros not living up to their contract. We have at least 5 roster players who are preforming significantly below their standards.

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