The Off-Season Thread Part VI - Are we there yet? (Grabovski to Caps, 1 yr)
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08-23-2013, 08:23 AM
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That is why I brought up that it was the same case for a plethora of other players. Granted, each with a small sample size.
But it is hardly a coincidence that he improved the possession and team GF for just about every player he played with.
, in many cases team GA also went up. Not in the case of McDonagh though where both players were better together than apart in all aspects.
Gotcha. Interesting. I appreciate you presenting a balanced argument. Would seem to lead credence to the idea that McD is good enough defensively to cover up for playing with a more offensive partner. Again still a small sample size but worth a look. Is this adjusted at all based on the quality of competition they were seeing? I can't remember them ever being paired together except for odd times resulting from a partial line change or a Girardi/Staal/DZ penalty. McD-G obviously logged the most minutes against top opposition. So I would expect that they on average would possess the puck less and create less 5 on 5 focused on d vs an odd time when McD/Stralman were paired together with (I assume) the specific goal of pushing the pace.
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