Hawkeynut wrote:Beau Bennet says hi
NeddieVedder wrote:Well there were Malkin and Staal, for two.
shmenguin wrote:best player shero has drafted not named staal, probably.
JoseCuervo wrote:So we have a sample size of 19 games with Despres and a sample size of 8 games with Despres. If we factor in different personnel per game and different opponents with different line-ups since Despres isn't the only variable involved, we find this statistic is pretty meaningless.Spoiler:Just for kicks and because I'm bored at work, I just ran a quick ANOVA which shows no statistical difference (p-value = 0.143) with Despres in/out of the lineup
headh wrote:Pittsburgh owns a 15-4 record when Despres suits up this season and a mark of 4-4 when he doesn't play. The source is Post Gazette.
I am not a hockey expert but I don't see any current defensemen on the Penguin roster with a better overall game. Obviously Letang is the best offensively but my eyes tell me that Depres has zero glaring weaknesses and possesses many strengths.
At 6' 4" 215 lbs he may be the biggest guy on the team. He makes excellent decisions with the puck. He makes great passes. He handles the puck as well as any both in his own end and on the rush. He makes excellent decisions about wether to join the rush or stay at home. He is aggressive at pinching in without compromising on discipline.
What exactly can't this guy do?
Pitts wrote:Malkin was never really a prospect.