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12-02-2013, 08:53 PM
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Originally Posted by ottawah View Post
Plus minus is only useful in taken in the context of the team, not the league, and in many instances means very little.

Day is generally speaking noticably worse than the rest of the team, which means whomever he is on theice with, issues have arisen. So in this case I find it does point to player deficiencies.

That said, of course he will have a few issues. He is 15. Anyone who expected much different had unrealistic expectations. I'm pretty sure by the end of the season you'll see his +/- correct itself and come in balance with the rest of the team.
But even thats subjective. Defenders who constantly play against the best forwards will almost always have a worse +/- versus teammates who are powerplay specialists and never see the ice against top competition. Plus minus is a severely flawed measuring point. Easiest way to see if someone plays well in their own end, use your eyes and judge.

That said, you are right, any 15 year old will be bad defensively. Day has been better then most expected, and should be pretty damn impressive as a 17 year old in this league.

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