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08-02-2013, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr Sakich View Post
I think that you are incorrect. The following information is the year, hemsky's most common on ice teamates, goals/60 for, goals/60 against, 10 highest ice time opponents

2007-8, Horc + penner, .849, .809, Kesler, Stasny, Koivu, Hejduk, Nolan, Tanguay, Gaborik, Iggy, Zett, Radiovich

2008-9, Horc + Penner, .839, .755, Burrows, Kopitar, Iggy, Neidermeyer, Jokinen, Koivu, Bolland, Ladd, Steen, Zett

2009-10, Horc + Penner, 1.13, .65, Jokinen, Nash, Iggy, Moss, Huselius, Wolski, Kane, Stasny, Burrows, Jones

2010-11, Penner + Gagner, .926, .990, Toews, Jokinen, Stallberg, Iggy, Tanguay, Kane, Hagman, Koivu, Zett, Havlat

The trends are quite clear. From 2007 - 2010, Hemsky played with Horc + Penner and outscored the oppositions best players. The vast majority of his ice time was vs the other teams top 2 lines.

In 2010, Horc was replaced by Gagner on his line and the result was that the other teams best players outscored Hemsky's line by 10%. Not terrible but it validates the value Horc had.

This year, the plan is to play Hemsky with Gordon and one of Jones or Jonescu. Gordon is an upgrade over Horc and plays a very similar style. The challenge is to find a LW who can fill Penner's role.
Great stats. I think highlighting Gagner's shortcomings defensively as a small, slow center, instead of as a Horcoff endorsement.

Hemsky can be important to a line's 2-way success because he adds a strong ability to transition the puck up the ice, often single handedly. Can't have all pluggers on a line unless you really just want to turn over possession and play dump and chase.

Last year Hemsky was guilty too often of bad turnovers in his own end. This is a guy who typically leads the team in turnovers. Part of that is just correlation to how often he has the puck on his stick, part of that we can hope to improve for him to be a better 2 way player.

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