Who is the ideal linemate for Datsyuk and Zetterberg?
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07-21-2013, 10:39 AM
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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.
The problem is Bertuzzi is standing still half the time anymore and he'll never play those minutes again. His body is breaking down and it's breaking down quickly here.
Abdelkader is evolving into the very type player teams look for towards the trade deadline. Speed, physical play, responsibility and he can play minutes on top lines without hurting your team.
Right now, he's the best option on that wing. He's earned it over the last season and he's going to stay there until Babcock decides against it.
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