Who is the ideal linemate for Datsyuk and Zetterberg?
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07-20-2013, 11:54 PM
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But the line still sucked because Abdelkader kills plays.
Including the playoffs, where you say he "played well" he finished with 12 goals and 4 assists in 60 games.
Can you tell me one other player who played first line minutes for more than half the season (including the playoffs) and finished with 4 assists?
Can you tell me a second line player who played half the season and finished with 4 assists?
Our leading goal scorers last year were Datsyuk and Franzen -- 15 and 14 goals.
How does a linemate get three assists on 29 goals?
Abdelkader was a terrible third line center. He's not even a good fourth line center.
He's a 4th line winger. That's his skill level.
It's really ****ing tiresome to watch Pavel Datsyuk -- a guy who became known as one of the great playmakers in the game -- playing with 4th-rate talent..
The three assists are a staggering number. But he factored in on goals where he gets no credit. You also have to think by luck he deserves a couple more, this is like a strange shooting percentage aberration. But also and you can still pick on it, Fransen and Datsyuk did a significant amount of that damage on the PP.
Virtually half, so 14 of their goals came on the PP Abdelkader was rarely with them there.
So you have 15 even strength goals for those guys.
Abdelkader's state-line is still ugly, but not as extreme as your post was trying to make it look
Franzen also did a lot of that damage in the final season run in, where he anchored the second line. Abdelkader's play and Franzen's play was actually quite good down the stretch and it helped to provide balance. Hopefully Franzen - Weiss - Alfie will make a solid second line and we spread the scoring like that again, it makes us a much better team.
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