How I feel about it.
They are both better in their own ways. Filppula is a better skater, a good solid two-way forward, and has even shown that he can surprise people with hits (e.g. MacArthur, Ovechkin) - all in all, a more complete player.
However, in terms of pure offensive prowess and lifestyle, you have to give it to Jiri.
Serious question here, I'm not looking to stir any pot... but...
Where did this notion that Hudler is a defensive liability come from? Sure, he's no Flip on D, but "liability" denotes that he is a negative sum defensively, which I never saw. Obviously, our favorite hobbit would never be a PK force or be relied upon to shutdown the opposition's top line 5x5. But he was always responsible defensively, within his skillset and talent, no? When I think "defensive liability," I picture cherry picking forwards who consistently leave their linemates out to dry, or who commonly make dangerous and ill advised passes that turn the puck over. Hudler never matched that description in my eyes.
As I said, honest question -- am I missing something here?
Back on topic, I'd take Flip on my team before Hudler. He's not horrible offensively, plays well in the clutch, and is far more versatile. He'll never match Hudler's offensive IQ, but honestly, not many players will. If Huddles had another three inches and 15-20 lbs of muscle on his frame, he'd be a force. Any team would do well with either one of them on their roster.
That said, I'd much rather have a beer with Hudler. He seems like he'd be a fun fellow to be around.
Agreed, Filppula is a better all around player, but if Hudler would have been given Filppula's body this would not even up for debate... at all. Hudler is so much better in the natural talent aspect of the game it isn' fair to compare. Don't take it as a knock agaisnt Filppula though, as I would say the same thing to the lesser extent about players such as Frazen, Hossa, Ect...
Also his defensive lazyiness is myth, there is a difference between being slow and being lazy
Haircut, Playmaking, Stick handling, Pimpin skills...
Their offensive production is equal (though huddles has a better shot/scores more goals), Filppula better everything else.
Edited by EZBAKETHAGANGSTA, 18 March 2010 - 03:37 PM.