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02-05-2014, 09:52 PM
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Center Rotation

One of overlooked aspects when it comes to evaluating offense performance is the depth or extent of the positional rotation on a team. In this case it is centers.

In this round this oversight is impacting a number of players, some positively, some negatively.

Positively. Pat Lafontaine reaps the benefit of playing in a three man center rotation in Buffalo during the 1992-93 season, a high scoring expansion year. Dave Hannan, the fourth center, played all of 55 games, 5G, 15A.

Contrast to 1992-93 Denis Savard with the Canadiens playing thru a 6 center rotation where the 6th group transient Skrudland, Di Pietro, Belanger combined for 14 G and 18A.

Joe Primeau with the Leafs was part of a three line rotation sharing time with a 4th, C/Winger like Charlie Sands,

Jacques Lemaire was part of at least a five center rotation stretching upwards to seven. End of career he was the lead center, ahead of Pierre Larouche, Doug Risebrough, Doug Jarvis, Pierre Mondou, Rejean Houle.

Henrik Zetterberg was always part of a deep center group with Detroit, upwards of six.

Conversely Darryl Sittler benefited offensively after Keon and Ullman left, app 20% upwards bump. Likewise Mats Sundin with Toronto, basically a point a game player despite a TOI advantage. Contrast to Lemaire at .98 with about 15% less ice time per game.

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