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Everything posted by hurtin_albertan

  1. That's a good one DL. I think Bouwmeester and Bieksa will both average 2nd on their respective teams in terms of average PP time, as I would think that Phaneuf and Schneider will be counted on as their teams true PP quarterbacks - barring injuries of course. As such, Bieksa's ice time may take a slight drop from last year, but I don't necessarily think that will result in him acquiring significantly less points. Keep in mind that as the #1 PP defenseman, the load was all on his shoulders. With the addition of Schneider - no doubt an upgrade as PP QB, I would expect the Canucks PP% to improve and I wouldn't be surprised to see Bieksa's numbers improve in the same manner. I don't want to say that Bieksa will "leech" points off of Schneider, but simply playing alongside him on the PP improves Bieksa's chances of being factored into the scoring plays. Basically what I'm getting at is that if Bieksa was able to amass 25 PP points running the show on his own, imagine how his totals will improve while toeing the blueline with Schneider. While the addition of Bouwmeester instantly improves the Flames PP, neither he or Phaneuf is on the same level as Schneider when it comes to running a PP. I hate to say it, and I think it will be very close, but I'd take Bieksa in this one. Excuse me while I go barf now.
  2. [quote name='Barney_Gumble wrote: small_member']Flames top 6 of Bouwmeester, Phaneuf, Regehr, Giordano, Moss and Pardy combined for 175 points last season. This. Aucoin & Vandermeer are also missing, but those are minor details... Don't forget about Sarich. Also doesn't account for the fact that Giordano missed the final 25 games or so because of a shoulder injury, not to mention that Bouwmeester wasn't on the Flames roster so including his point totals in Florida is totally irrelevant...
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