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Drafting the Dallas Stars: #5..

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Mike Modano 0 0%
Jere Lehtinen 4 23.53%
Loui Eriksson 1 5.88%
Steve Ott 1 5.88%
Niklas Hagman 1 5.88%
Jussi Jokinen 2 11.76%
Sergei Zubov 4 23.53%
Philippe Boucher 0 0%
Stephane Robidas 0 0%
Niklas Grossman 2 11.76%
Mike Smith 1 5.88%
Antti Miettinen 0 0%
James Neal 1 5.88%
Ivan Vishnevskiy 0 0%
Other (specify) 0 0%
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02-11-2008, 10:19 AM
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Drafting the Dallas Stars: #5..

If all the players attached in any way (prospects, pending UFA's, RFA's) to the Dallas Stars, were thrown into a big pool, what would be the order they would be drafted in?

Take age, potential, impact, value, whatever you may like into consideration. However, in order to make the veterans on the team still somewhat valueble, the objective of the draft is to win the Stanley Cup within the next 5-7 years.

Marty Turco won the last one.

Stephane Robidas has been added.

Who goes fifth?

#1) Brenden Morrow (8/17 votes -> 47%)
#2) Matt Niskanen (11/19 votes -> 58% tiebreaker vs Ribeiro)
#3) Mike Ribeiro (10/26 votes -> 38% )
#4) Marty Turco (7/21 votes -> 33% )

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02-11-2008, 10:21 AM
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One vote for Lehtinen..

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02-11-2008, 11:05 AM
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I voted for Loui. I know not a popular choice but I think he can be a really good player in just a couple more years. Sometimes it just takes time.

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02-11-2008, 01:34 PM
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Since the votes seem to be spread out.. I'm going to make a impassioned plea for Zubov with post 1K.

We all know what he means for the PP, for shutting down the other team's top players at even strength, and the shootout, etc. etc. But do we really appreciate the contributions he has made to the #1 ranked PK?

Check out this stat. Stay with me here. Out of all the players in the NHL who have played at least 10 games and play at least 1 minute per game on the PK (this is anyone who's a regular PKer for their given team and not a fluke) there are only 3 that have a positive +/- per 60 minutes. Now this isn't normal +/- obviously, which isn't factored against PKers. This instead keeps track of all the goals scored against that player and all goals scored for (shorthanded goals) during PKs, so naturally nearly everyone winds up with a negative number, and often a large negative.

Here are the 3: (remember this is per 60 minutes)
Zubov +1.34
Hagman +0.45
Sharp +0.44

Now Sharp is there mainly because the 9 shorties scored for although he's obviously a good PKer anyway. But Zubov has given up a grand total of 2 PK goals against the entire year! And he logs nearly 3 minutes per game of PK icetime! That's just absurd.

To give you an idea of what he means to even this Dallas team that's full of great PKers, his off-ice +/- differential per 60 (i.e. what everyone else on the team does when he's sitting on the bench) is -4.93, or roughly league average.

Here's an extra small sampling of well-regarded players on the PK just for a reference point...

Rod Brind'Amour -8.94
Rob Blake -8.21
Mike Richards -7.98
Dion Phaneuf -7.29
Jay Bouwmeester -6.53
Mike Komisarek -6.35
Sammy Pahlsson -6.28
Marc Staal -6.31
Scott Niedermayer -6.11

You get the idea. This may be a draft, but Zubov is that good. Do you really see him slowing down? He may retire with Mo, but it won't be because he's finished. Vote for him.

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