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04-11-2013, 11:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Kershaw View Post
Hall was on pace for 70+ pts last year too and pretty much demolished the opposition on the forecheck. He is a rich man's Zach Parise.

For reference, Taylor Hall has had a higher PPG than supposed top 5 player in John Tavares each year comparative (1st vs. 1st, 2nd vs. 2nd, etc). He did this while helping the team maintain puck possession at a higher rate.

He is in doubt, a top 5 winger in the league.
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Kovalchuk, Ovechkin and Kane are pretty much the only ones.
Kershaw, I must ask you about your obsession with Kovalchuk. You obviously value puck possession and ES play highly since you often bring it up in player comparisons, yet you make this bizarre exception for Kovalchuk. He's been a mediocre-to-poor puck possession player since 2007-2008, and since coming to the Devils his ES production has declined rapidly; from 2.00/60 in 10-11 to 1.55/60 in 11-12 to 1.12/ this season. That is comparable production to Pääjärvi, Stoll, Wolski, and Ponikarovsky. Actually, Kovalchuk has had better On-Ice Sh% than all of those players, so it is arguably even worse.

Even though he does have a significant impact beyond his numbers and his special teams play is still very good, his ES numbers have dropped to such a low level (both compared to players around the league, AND players on his own team) that I can no longer with a straight face call him a top-5 winger.

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