Around The NHL: Moar Playoffs!!!
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05-21-2013, 06:04 AM
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No, because an elite offensive player rarely gets shut down (the more impressive what we did to Ovechkin, but that was the first playoff series like that for him for his career). So an elite offensive player is almost always contributing. Toews becomes a decent 3rd liner.
But who is an "elite" offensive player? Crosby and Malkin obviously won't be shutdown, but as you say even Ovechkin was. So who's left? Nash is pretty much shut downbso far, so it has to be someone above his level. Kovalchuk and Stamkos would probably fit, but they aren't even in the playoffs. And are they really that much more effective on average when the opposing d concentrates on them?
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