UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 01: Jack Hillen #38 of the New York Islanders defends against Darroll Powe #36 of the Philadelphia Flyers on April 1, 2010 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Isles defeated the Flyers 6-4. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
After Eric found Ville Leino's doppelganger, finding similar players has been a bit of a time waster for me. It's fun.
I've searched some more and found this:
|Age||GP||TOI/60||Corsi Rel QoC||G/60||A1/60||Pts/60||Corsi Rel||OZ%||Cap Hit|
Let's play Guess Those Players!
In case the cap hit didn't give it away, Player B is Andrej Meszaros. Player A is New York Islander Jack Hillen. The biggest difference? Meszaros plays on the power play (2:26 per game) while Hillen doesn't (0:47 per game).
So, in comparison, the Flyers paid $3.5 million for six power play points?
Of course it isn't that simple, but the similarities are striking. Unfortunately, Hillen is an RFA, so the Islanders will likely re-sign him. Fortunately, the Islanders already have five defensemen signed on one-way deals and two more (Travis Hamonic and Mark Katic) on two-way, entry-level deals, meaning Hillen may be the odd-man out.
Meszaros was deemed the Best Defenseman In The History Of The Modern World this year by a whole lot of fans - and some writers. Imagine paying less than $1 million for a guy to outplay Chris Pronger, Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn and be deemed Bestest Defenseman In The History Of The Modern World.