Monday, November 3, 2008

Tucker vs Brunette

After Andrew Brunette returned to the Minnesota Wild in the off-season, it appeared as though Darcy Tucker was signed in order to replace some of what Brunette took with him to Colorado's division rival. At first glance, it doesn't appear that Tucker has done much of anything this season. But lets compare the two before we draw any conclusions.

Andrew Brunette - 1st 11 Games 2007-2008

2 G, 9 A, +1, 4 PIM, 14:50-23:34 TOI

Darcy Tucker - 1st 11 Games 2008-2009

1 G, 3 A, -4, 9 PIM, 12:22-23:01 TOI

At second glance, it looks like Brunette massively outperformed Tucker in the early going. To be fair, Tucker has spent the majority of the time with Sakic/Arnason as his centers as opposed to Stastny/Sakic, but nonetheless, he hasn't been getting it done thus far.

It doesn't help that Brunette playing very well on the Wild.

Through ten games, Brunette has scored four times, assisted on four goals, hasn't taken a penalty and has played over sixteen minutes in every game.

There's still 71 games to play. Lets hope that Tucker can turn it up a bit and stop the critics from saying it was mistake to let go of Bruno. At this point, it's sure looking that way. - Best Sports Blogs, Sports Blogger Rankings

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