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04-29-2013, 08:15 AM
nik jr
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Originally Posted by crashman View Post
Didn't get to see enough of DeKeyser, but if he played the way he has for even 1/2 the season I would give it to him.

So I'm gonna go with Tatar, I have no idea why he wasn't given more opportunity this season. I think if he was given Brunner's line mates and ice-time he would have done even more with it.
that's why i voted nyquist. i would also put tatar above brunner. both were more impressive than brunner, imo, but did not get similar linemates, TOI and PPTOI.

but it is unfair to brunner, since nyquist and tatar may have had a similar or worse decline if they had played a full season.

nyquist (6p, +0) played 22 games and tatar (7p, +2) played 18.

in brunner's 1st 20 games, he had 16p (10g, 6a) and was -2. with better linemates and TOI, though.

imo, nyquist's play late in the season was better than tatar's in midseason, mostly in his ability to control the puck and create chances. tatar's game relied a bit more on play without the puck, but he usually did not have proper offensive support.

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