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09-20-2013, 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Synergy27 View Post
OK, that's what I thought, and I disagree to a certain extent. I do agree with you that Stralman's puck-moving ability is very good, but it's nowhere near the level of Karlsson/Letang. Those elite guys avoid a lot of the wear and tear that's normally associated with big blueline minutes because they turn the puck around quickly and spend a lot of time in the other end of the rink.

I don't, however, disagree that a 1b pairing with Stralman on it would be a bad thing.
Staal-Girardi also seem to have more synergy than McD-Girardi. It wasn't included in my earlier analysis as it only focused on the main pairing each season (McD-G 2011-13, Staal-G 2010-11), but in the ~100 adjusted 5v5 minutes Staal-Girardi were together in 2012-13 they had better possession numbers than either one of them had separately and they outscored the opposition 3-0 (exactly, not a ratio).

McDonagh and Strålman as earlier stated seems to have bring the best out of each other, so that should also be encouraged.

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