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05-18-2013, 05:24 PM
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Originally Posted by GoneFullHolmgren View Post
Not sure many would agree with you. At the very, very best Sbisa is equal to Coburn Sbisa is younger and has yet to peak out. Coburn is what he is at this point of his career. A very inconsistent middle pairing defender.
I would take Sbisa in a heartbeat with Coburn going the other way.
Here's a quote from a Ducks fan for you then... :

Sbisa was a healthy scratch at least once this year, was ridiculously sheltered and still managed to have the 2nd worst Corsi and relative Corsi rating on the Ducks defense. Nobody on the Ducks faced easier quality of competition and only Fowler had a higher offensive zone start percentage (Sbisa had a 50% offensive zone start percentage).

Coburn on the other hand, had a 41% offensive zone start percentage - tied for lowest on the Flyers with Gustafsson among defensemen. Coburn also had similar Corsi ratings to Sbisa even though Coburn faced competition tougher than ANYONE on the Ducks - Francois 'Norris' Beauchemin included - although that probably says a lot more about the Atlantic vs. Pacific in terms of star power than it does about Sbisa vs. Coburn. Coburn had a rough year, but Sbisa wasn't even equal to Coburn's bad year other than his 11 points vs. Coburn's 5.

So really, the only things Sbisa has going for him is youth and his caphit...

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