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04-24-2013, 09:31 AM
Join Date: Mar 2010
I posted this in another thread the other day, just looking at his stats:
I really don't get all the 'concern' about Couts, his season has been pretty underrated when the stats are delved into. If he was not in the team we would have had a far, far worse year.
He has almost exactly the same PPG as last year while playing with, frankly, whoever is fit enough to be his 4th line wingers for the most part this year, only Talbot has played with him regularly, and Rosehill, Rinaldo, Knuble and Read are the only other guys he has spent significant time with.
Last season: .350
This season: .341
Has below half as good a shot% percentage as last year (which will obviously revert to the mean, his PDO is the lowest after Voracek, which is scary as it indicates Voracek is unlucky!)
He also plays some of the toughest minutes on the team (2nd highest relative Corsi QOC, highest Corsi QOC.)
He also starts in offensive zone 30% of the time... and finishes in opponents zone 45% of the time. The best difference on the team. Considering his faceoff percentage is low (he is young, it'll improve) that is frankly an absurd stat.
He is out there on almost every single PK as he is so valuable there.
Has a positive relative Corsi... 12 above any of his regular linemates who are all below -10.
When we win Couts averages over 17 mins a game, when we lose 14mins.
So overall he is pretty much our best defensive forward, as he was last year, gets the hardest minutes on the team, with ****** (arguably the worst of any other player) linemates, and still is on pace for the same number of points as last year, on a worse team, with half as good shot%.
I would not say he has been disappointing.
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