Rejoint: jan 2018
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I’m gonna go Parayko, but it’s a pretty thin margin. In terms of pure results with no context, Pietrangelo is better offensively by a decent amount whereas Parayko is significantly better defensively. However, there’s reason to believe that Parayko could be better offensively. He’s had to carry bad defenseman like Edmundson and Bouwmeester most of his career which significantly hurts his ability to drive offense and I think it’s not surprising that his best offensive impact year was his rookie season where he played primarily with a simple puck-mover like Gunnarsson. His offensive impact is also hurt because he shoots WAY too much. He takes over 23% of team shots at even strength which is good if you’re a forward with a good shot who’s consistently generating high-danger chances, but bad if most of your shots are from low-danger. If he distributed more, the Blues would likely create significantly more dangerous chances. I’ll be interested to see how they play this year over a full season considering last year how they sort of flipped rolls. Parayko took Pietrangelo’s roll which was to eat minutes against top-competition with a bad partner whereas Pietrangelo got a lot easier minutes with better partners like Dunn and Gunnarsson. I think this roll-switch was a huge part of the cup win because it optimized their skill sets. Parayko is a lot better than Pietrangelo at playing against top competition and Pietrangelo was absolutely dominant when he got to play against easier opponents. In the end I think it all comes down to what you value and how you utilize them.