On hitting: it's unreliable. "Hit" means what, exactly? Hitting is also something where "severity" needs to be considered. IE, Burrows might have more total hits than Tootoo, but that's more a function of the ice-time that he's given. And who's do you think leave more of an impact? Is frequency more relevant than severity? Not reliable at all.
Shooting percentage means nothing. Go ask Kyle Wellwood what a high shooting percentage has done for him in contract negotiations.
Plus/minus tells you something, but not everything. Is everybody on Toronto a horrible defensive player, or is their team perhaps just not that good as a unit? And back to Kessel, how do you know that he's not instructed by his coach to loaf around and cherry-pick so as to produce offense/be exposed to breakaways as much as possible? Could well be strategic.
1) Hitting is unrealiable but it still means something, even if the # isn't dead on you can still tell when guys get alot of hits, I do agree nonetheless that it is fairly unrealiable.
2) Shoot Percentage can mean nothing, but it can also mean something, if you get called up for a game or two and score on 50% of your shots then that means nothing, if you are a player with 5+ NHL seasons under your belt than it means something.
As for Wellwood, he could still be a good 3rd line center, he had a good season last year with Winnipeg.
3) Disgaree, +/- Means alot IMO, more to a defensmen than a Forward. There are times where it can be a matter of "Well look at the team he plays on" & then you can accept that he hasn't been great but it's no entirely his fault he has such a bad +/-.
But it does mean quite a bit when you are looking at players, because if you have someone like Ballard for example, who plays well but doesn't put up points, you could look at his +/- (He has a career +10 in his time with Van BTW) and see that he has been good and reliable dispite his lack of production.
I vote Ilya Kovalchuk. But I'd usually keep him as a 2nd line threat, and then have them FEAST together on the PP.
And, actually, Kovalchuk could be potentially available, if the Canucks were willing to swallow his insane contract and salary (bumps up to 11+ for the next 5 years). The Devils are hurting for cash.
I would love him but I doubt it would ever happen, like you I would put him on 2nd sometimes then use him on the PP. (Imagine Sedin's cycle game plus his clapper at the point, they could pass it around, get him wide open then feed it to him.)
I don't think they would move him, but since you think it might be possible what do you think it will take?
Edited by Smashian Kassian, 15 December 2012 - 06:36 PM.