Originally Posted by cdubb
Spezzas the only one who wins a majority of his faceoffs, including on pp. I'd like Turris to become a great 2nd line C but he hasn't proven it yet.
About a third of their points came on pp, 28 for EK and 24 for Spez. Next closest were Michalek 15 and Alfie/Gonchar 14 ppp. Power play will suck if one of the guys is out.
Karlsson needs someone to get FOW and pass him the puck.
Spezza needs someone to give outlet passes, and set up from the point.
The replacement options are not great.
I just don't think he'd suffer too much because he literally controls the play himself, and when he doesn't get the puck off a FOW or whatnot, he goes and steals it himself. The point about Turris was that he would elevate his play and make him and other players better in Spezza's absence. Turris was great in that one game Spezza missed, getting 4 points against NYI, so we're not sure how he would fare in a larger chunk of games without Spezza (knock on wood).
I was predicting a drop in points from Karlsson this year, though, and I do agree that his points would drop without Spezza, just not a 20 point difference.
But I don't really want to argue my point too much because I don't want to even think about Spezza going down with an injury