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07-17-2013, 12:12 PM
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Originally Posted by blinkman360 View Post
... giant explanation of why Tavares would have more points with better linemates...

So yes, I do think supporting cast/linemates plays a great deal when comparing stats. There is no doubt in my mind that Tavares is a better offensive player when compared to Toews. Toews might be the better overall player, because his 2-way game is elite. Offensively though, I don't think you are giving Tavares his due.
The whole "what if" game can go both ways. What if the entire Blackhawk offence ran through Toews? What if Toews didn't have to share the puck, icetime, and offensive situations with Hossa/Sharp/Kane? What if Toews was given as much PP and ES time as Tavares? What if Toews ignored his defensive responsibilities more often in the name of offence? The reason I stay away of "what ifs" is because they are impossible to prove. And yet that is basically the entirety of the argument for Tavares.

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