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10-24-2013, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by SingnBluesOnBroadway View Post
Why is it that currently the best defense of Zuccarello is to point out how bad other players have been?

I'm not sure he will bounce back to because there is such a small sample of work that he hasn't established himself as anything.
This debate is a bit like playing with a boucing ball / ping pong.
He's had 0 Points in 7 games, and app 0.5 points in the 67 games before that. If he can get back to be a + player producing 0.5 a game, that would be an improvement from being a healthy scratch. Hence the bouncing. And of course it's relevant to compare him with his rivals on the team when we are debating why he's scratched, as you gave an explanation for above. He's in an absolute, and maybe also a relative slump and I have no problem with him being scratched, but if you cannot even recognice that he's been way better / the physics of a boucing ball (not sure which one) it's hard to find a starting point.

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