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Goligoski is doing everything Whitney couldn’t – Pittsburgh Penguins – PenguinPoop Blog

Goligoski is doing everything Whitney couldn’t

When Alex Goligoski takes the ice tonight at 10pm you will be seeing the guy that made it easy for the Penguins to trade away Ryan Whitney.  Goligoski in two short seasons has become the breakout playmaker that the Penguins were expecting Ryan Whitney to be with one little added bonus, Goligoski leads the entire NHL (not just defensemen) in plus minus.  For a guy who is supposed to be an offensive defenseman that is quite impressive.

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                   GP   G    A    PT     +/-
Goligoski     14    5    7    12    +12
Whitney      12    1    6    07    +03

Both defensemen have great skill, but confidence is the one thing that separates the two. Goligoski is not afraid to skate the puck all the way up the ice and shoot while Whitney is more apt to dish the puck off and have someone else work it. If you remember, Whitney’s best year was the year he was partnered with Gonchar at the point on the powerplay. He had 14 goals, 45 assists and was a one trick pony – get the puck to Gonchar, you can rack up a lot of point that way.

In the last two seasons, Goligoski has played 59 games, has 32 points and is a plus 17.   Whitney has played 60 games, has 30 points and is a minus 11.

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1 Comment

  1. Penguin871's Gravatar Penguin871
    November 4, 2009 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Ryan Whitney is logging about 27 minutes of icetime per game, Goligoski is around 22.

    Whitney’s icetime ranks second in the league which would be impressive if it wern’t for his team being ranked 26th out of 30 teams.


            

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