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04-25-2013, 02:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Prallchengher View Post
Bouillon being able to hit is not a significantly important feature of his because he does not win puck battles even with his alleged and overrated hitting prowess. Rather than try to replace Emelin with a smaller, much crappier, not as offensively aware substitute, it is better to use an equivalently crappy Dman who can at least do something well, in which Weber can in running the 2nd wave PP. Bouillon is terribly overrated because he got Subban alot this season and playing with Subban makes even the worst of Dmen look decent. Weber never had such a luxury.
One could argue the same about Weber's ability to run the second PP. We average about six minutes and forty eight seconds of PP time a game. Markov and Subban eat up four minutes and forty seconds of that, so that leaves two minutes and eight seconds a game for Weber. The best PP in the NHL (Washington) scores one goal for about every six minutes and six seconds of PP time. That means that Weber will score a goal every three games if he elevates the second unit to the quality of the league's best PP.

Meanwhile Boullion, whose hitting might be more effective if he was bigger and able to gain puck possession after hits, still accounts for 21% of the total hits from the blueline this season (and 32% of those by players who are able to play tonight). That physicality, even if it doesn't separate players from pucks counts for something - it makes opponents aware, forces them to make their plays faster. It Frank the Tank as good as Emelin? No, AINEC. Is he the only option we have right now? Pretty much.

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