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12-17-2013, 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by flyershockey View Post
+/- is a horrible stat to use to judge a players defensive play, especially for a winger who has very little influence in the defensive zone. He's there to cover his point man and to make sure that nobody walks out of his corner to the top of the circle. He has no control over the other 75% of the defensive zone. I do know he wins the majority of his board battles and very rarely coughs up the puck at his own blue line. The neutral zone coverage is about zone discipline, and it's almost impossible to keep an eye on that for every single shift he's out there.
Okay (I disagree but let's go with it). Why do you think Simmonds +/- is worse than any of the other wingers on the team and all but one defenseman?

I think the career year he had masked a lot of his faults, and we're now seeing the real player. An energy guy that will get some goals and cause havoc out there. Not a bad player to have, but hardly a game changer.

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