well its quite simple, teams like the leafs, wings, and Avs all have a ‘deeper’ offense. the sense have a set up superstars and then a bunch of role players but no one in between. i posted this weeks ago (Dec 12) so the stats need to be updated but these are still the deepest offenses. here you go:
both Atlanta and ottawa have 2 players with 50 points or more. Carolina, Colorado, Detroit, TB have a bunch of 30-40 pt guys. only Colorado, Detroit, Edmonton, and Toronto have so many 20 point guys. Buffalo, Colorado (again), Dallas, LA, Ottawa, Philly, and Toronto have a bunch of double-digit point players.
judging from these stats. it looks like the deepest offenses are not runaways in their categories. teams like Atlanta are top-heavy with offensive talent. others – like Ottawa, Colorado, Detroit, Edmonton, LA, Philly, and Toronto have it spread throughout their line-up.]]>
they are both in the top-5 in PK points (Stajan leads in points, Poni leads in goals). McCabe is in the top-10 and is tied with Stajan for PK assists.
i think only LA has a more dangerous PK unit.]]>
the reffing WAS TERRIBLE. i dont care what anyone says about me being biased. no excuses for this group of refs (but it should not be a surprise with LaRue reffing). the leafs came back – wonderful. O’Neill gets kneed – probably the most blatant knee-on-knee i’ve ever seen, no call. If O’Neill is injured for an extended period of time, i say keep Pohl up and maybe bring up Battaglia to play on the right side (even if Domi comes back this week).
Kyle Wellwood made a case for tonight for getting more ice time even WHEN THE INJURED PLAYERS COME BACK.
Telly will give Eddie a night off this week (probably in Boston) and hopefully the consistency will return to Eddie’s game and with the Leaf’s play overall. it certainly wasn’t there tonight – regardless of the ref’s calls.
offensively the leafs are among the best in the league. a 40 point defenceman, a 25-point defenceman, rookies with 20 and 19 points who also play strong in their own end. young guys like Poni and Stajan who are amazing and dangerous PK killers with 15 and 13 points respectfully.
despite their poor play in their own end, the veterans are putting points on the board: Allison cracking the top-30 in scoring with 32 points (and the top-10 in assists, not bad for a 2nd-line centre), Lindros, Tucker, O’Neill all hitting 20+ points and 10+ goals. finally, mats sundin has 18 points in 20 games despite having troubles hitting the net.
so that’s 11 players i’ve just reeled off (and i haven’t mentioned the solid play of Antropov and Klee going both ways).
the problem is, of course, is their inconsistency (both offensively and defensively) and the fact that right now, they are taking loads of penalties, playing poor defence, and getting loads of injuries.]]>