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05-29-2013, 01:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Brian Boyle View Post
Kershaw telling people to watch games.


I know how good Faulk is. He's incredible. But to suggest he's better than Staal, one of the best defenders in the league, is asinine.
Only in New York, Marc Staal is considered 'one of the best defenders in the game'. lol. He's not even top 10. Probably not even top 20.

I don't think you realize how good Faulk is. He has had garbage defense partners since his rookie years and still carries that team on his back defensively.

From the eye test alone, he is pretty much the complete hockey player. Great stickwork, amazing positioning, good reads/pinches, elite skating, excellent hands and an accurate shot. His real flaw in his game right now is his indefinite decision making, but that is a flaw for a lot of young PMD in the league like it was for Karlsson/Subban.

Now let's get to the statistics. Faulk's most common defense partners this year are Gleason and Harrison. Jay Harrison's play skyrocketed in 11-12 as a top 4 defender playing alongside Faulk. The year before, he was a depth dman playing 15 MPG. Gleason is a solid, rugged veteran, but his skating hasn't been the same since Ovechkin kneed him a few years back. Faulk started with 45.5% of his shifts starting in his own end and his finishing zone starts are 51.0%. He, by far faces the toughest opposition by his coaches and is by far first in the team in adjusted shot differential ratings (CorsiRelQOC). That is a high level of dominance by an individual. He leads the Canes Dmen in TOI/PG, SH TOI/PG. He carries a garbage defense by himself single handily. It is a crime to see how underrated he is.

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