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01-06-2004, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by doug mckenzie
just a quick note...i say a player like eastwood...maybe not eastwood himself..he currently -16 and a career - 36...just a heads up on eastwood...
Yes but he's also playing in the worst team in the NHL. His -17 comes as no surprise since he doesn't score a whole lot.

And for the rest of his career - factor, it's mostly due to 2 bad seasons early in his career where he got a -12 and -14 stretch. If you negate those seasons, he's been pretty consistent.

But aside from numbers, I've seen Eastwood play more than once and he is good defensively IMO no matter what his stats could indicate.

The only problem I have with him is his skating and speed, which gives you no choice but to play him in a 4th line role. Still, I'd be quite pleased to have Begin as the 3rd line center and Eastwood as the 4th (although I wonder if I would not like to have Plekanec on that line better so he can adjust to the NHL pace in the 2nd half of the season and be ready to take on a bigger role next year).

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