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"I'm a Shark out of Water in San Bernardino"
Alta Loma, CA • United States • 32 Years Old • Female
I was putting together a poll the other day about who people thought would take home the Norris Trophy, and I came across what was an insane stat to me. Christian Ehrhoff is leading all defensemen in +/- with a +16!?! Not only that, but he has 7 goals and 11 assists for 18 points on the season so far (3 of which are PP points). Most amazingly of all, he has 70 SOG with a 10% shooting percentage!!! He has only gone a -2 once over the course of the season thus far and has had two +3 nights. Now, these aren't spectacular stats, but he is definitely shaping up to have a career year if he continues as he has, and I haven't gotten to my comparison yet....

Marc-Eduoard Vlasic, or as I like to call him, Pickles, is a +2, has 2 goals and 8 assists for a total of 10 points (none of which are PP points). He only has 43 SOG for a 4.3% shooting percentage. Furthermore, Pickles has never been +3, has gone -2 three times, and has even gone -4 on one occasion.

Now that I've thrown a crap load of stats at you, I ask...

Since the move was totally a salary dump on the part of DW to clear space for Heatley's hefty contract, should the Sharks have traded Pickles with his 4 year, $3.1 million cap hit as opposed to Ehrhoff's 3 year, $3.1 million dollar cap hit? Or do you think the stats are skewed and Ehrhoff is just benefiting from being in a new system/scene and Vlasic's numbers are just a result of the way the Sharks are playing as a whole?
December 16, 2009 10:08 AM ET | Delete
Vlasic is 22...Perhaps you should give him more time to develop?Erhoff is 27, and yes, his stats are skewed by playing with a defensive club in Vancouver, not to mention back-stopped by Luongo.I think SJ made the right move.
December 16, 2009 1:00 PM ET | Delete
Vlasic is your compensation for Kipper. It would have been a shame for you guys to get rid of him in a salary dump
December 16, 2009 2:22 PM ET | Delete
I think if Efhoff was not traded he would not have gotten a spark to kick his game up.
December 16, 2009 3:27 PM ET | Delete
They are just different guys with different skill sets. Ehrhoff has skills much more offensively-geared. Vlasic looks like a guy who can play solidly in any situation and just eat up minutes... if you were expecting more than 30-35 pts and a decent plus/minus I think you have the bar set too high.
December 16, 2009 4:25 PM ET | Delete
I'll still take pickles over error any day, like to have them both still though!!!
January 14, 2010 3:22 PM ET | Delete
What DW really should have done is kept Ehrhoff instead of re-signing Rob Blake
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