Tony DeAngelo jumps to teammate’s defense after blogger suggests trading him
- Tony DeAngelo, of the New York Rangers, wasn’t having it when a blogger took to Twitter saying teammate Ryan Strome should be traded immediately.
- Rob Luker, who writes for blueseatblogs.com, produced advanced stats showing Strome’s shooting percentage since joining the Rangers is at 21.6 percent, way higher than his career average of 10.3 percent.
- Luker’s assessment was the Rangers should sell high on Strome and trade him now as quickly as possible.
“I get he’s creating a little more this year, but [Rangers GM Jeff] Gorton should be actively trying to sell high ASAP,” said Luker.
- DeAngelo doesn’t agree with that at all. Nor is he keen on advanced stats being used to show a player’s value
“I see these tweets all the time and it’s actually hilarious how people think that these charts are what everything should be based on. [Ryan Strome] has been one of our best players since being traded here last year. Watch the games.”
- With six goals and 22 points in 22 games so far this season, Strome is easily on pace for a career year pretty much across the board.
- His best season so far was in 2014-15, when he managed 17 goals and 50 points with the New York Islanders.
- Advanced stats are definitely a great way to measure a player’s worth.
- At the same time, it’s awesome to see teammates stick up for each other.
- DeAngelo’s response was well-received by many New York Rangers fans, who echoed his sentiment about watching the games to determine Strome’s real value to the team.
Sources & Credits: Tony Deangelo, Hockey Feed