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01-02-2004, 07:29 PM
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Only going to comment on Hamrlik. His personal numbers are down, and they were indicative of a slow start. The first 2 months of the seasonhe looked slow on the ice. Since early December, however, his game has picked up considerably. No personal statistics will tell you that. However, the team's record and one's own two eyes will.

Statistics can be very misleading, dangerous things.

Likewise with PIM. It's very common for some to look at PIM as an indication of a player's aggressiveness. Sometimes, that is the case. Often, it is not. For example, Scott Stevens played all but one regular season game over the last two seasons. Guess his PIM totals. Forty-four (44) and 41, respectively. And I don't think anyone is going to suggest that he has become meeker. He has, however, over the last decade become a much smarter player, one who picks his spots and doesn't waste energy...while all the time maintaining the reputation that he has. Haven't seen any skaters taking liberties in his skating zone. Likewise, for years Dave Manson racked up hundreds of penalty minutes. A majority were due to his fisticuffs. However, waaaay too many were a result of poor positioning, lack of foot speed and other defensive deficiencies.

To a lesser extent, same concepts apply to Hamrlik. Will never be confused with Stevens or the other big hitters on the backline, but the guy is much more aggressive than the conventional wisdom on this board (i.e., That he is an offensive defenseman. He's not. He's a complete player.)

Hamrlik remains the most physically proficient Isles' dman. Though Aucoin has modified his game significantly this season and is banging early and often.)

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