Thread: Confirmed Trade with Link: [TOR/COL] Ryan O'Byrne for a 4th (2014)
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04-09-2013, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Fogelhund View Post
The interesting thing about both Defenceman and Goalies is that they are often as much of a reflection of the coach, how they are used, the system employed and their partners.

Take a look at Beauchemin in Anaheim - Looked terrible in Toronto, leading Anaheim D in playing time, points and is a +21 for them. Partnered with Souray most of the time, who was all but given up on, Souray is a +26.

Maybe Liles is the right partner for O'Byrne, and the system/partners in Colorado weren't right for him. We'll see.
Yup, and Lupul has turned himself and Kessel into ppg players. Kessel likely would be one anyway but I think it's safe to say nobody expected Beachemin and Lupul to do what they have done. Oddly enough, Lupul is doing it under the exact same coach he struggled with in Anaheim. Go figure. I couldn't tell you what type of system the Avs run but here, under Wilson, ROB would look awful. Under Carlyle, he likely will look like your average third pairing dman. Complete opposite style of systems. Guys like Schenn and Komisarek looked brutal under Wilson.

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