Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Why Logan Couture Deserves the Calder over Jeff Skinner

1). Couture played in a division with Phoenix, Anaheim, Los Angeles and Dallas, and with that, Bryzgalov, Hiller, Quick, and Lehtonen.  Plus the Western Conference was much, much stronger than the East this year.  Skinner?  He had the traditionally weak Florida, and Atlanta, the defensively underwhelming Tampa Bay and the legitimately talented Washington.  Vokoun, Pavelec/Mason, Smith/Roloson, and Neuvirth/Holtby/Varlamov.  Ouch.

2). Couture took faceoffs...and was good at them.  Even though both are centers, Couture's 53.4% mark (474-414) was head and shoulders better than Skinner's mark of 36.9% (58-99).

3). Couture was a more timely scorer eclipsing Skinner in overtime goals (1-0), game winning goals (8-2), and empty net goals (1-0).  Simply put, Couture's scoring mattered more.

4). Couture was a better all around player coming in at +18 to Skinner's +3 against far stiffer competition.

5). Couture was grittier, racking up more blocked shots (66-28) and he also logged one fight on the year.

7). Couture was trusted more logging over a minute more (17:49-16:43) per game than Skinner both overall and short handed (1:04-0:01).

Advantage: Couture.

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