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07-20-2013, 10:59 PM
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Originally Posted by lilidk View Post
I do like Abby, he is taking all the heat from opposing team , get away attention from Pavel . If D&Z play together , I would prefer Bert and Abby split time with D&Z. Bert should not play more than 10 min a game . Same time Abby should kill penalties.
This is just not true.
Datsyuk's numbers with Abby show this is absolutely not the case.

I'd take a 38-year-old, wonky-back Bertuzzi with all his drop passes to nobody over Abdelkader -- on a scoring line -- any day of the week.

If you went Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Bertuzzi for 14- minutes a night, Bert would undoubtedly produce more than Abdelkader.

While Bertuzzi is far from ideal, he's been a pretty consistent even strength producer:

11-12 14 goals 34 points in 983 minutes
10-11 14 goals 38 in 1163 minutes
09-10 14 goals 33 points in 1161 minutes

My guess is he'd score 18 to 25 goals at ES and 45 to 50 points.

Bert would provide size and some enforcement. He wouldn't be as physical as Abdelkader. But he'd be better at winning possession of the puck, protecting the puck, and passing the puck.

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