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03-25-2013, 02:38 PM
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Québec, Québec
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The connection between faceoffs and puck possession is much overstated. Habs are at par with Boston on puck possession with mediocre faceoffs compared to the faceoff dominant Bruins.
Puck possession battles after the faceoffs are far more important than the faceoffs themselves because the gaps in faceoff talent are small and they are relatively rare events.
Which gets to why you want Eller as a shutdown center. He's not great on faceoffs, but that is actually a fairly minor talent. His play after the faceoff amply compensates.
Guy Carbonneau, one of the best shutdown C who ever play the game, once mentioned that if you want to thrive as a NHL shutdown C, you better be good in the FO circle.
Do you disagree with him?
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