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Plus/minus is, of course, a notoriously fickle stat. For one thing, there are up to 12 players on the ice at the decisive moment that a goal is scored who have varying degrees of involvement including, frequently, no involvement at all. Then there are the stat’s fatal flaws where it is awarded in imbalanced situations like shorthanded or empty-net goals. Those inherent flaws haven’t had much impact on Broberg, who plays the majority of his time at 5v5.
The sad fact is that his group hasn’t been “winning” its portion of the 5v5 game, and all too often has come out on the short end. In a limited period of time like a single game or a week, that can be puck luck, goaltending, a hot-shooting linemate, what have you. But when that time stretches to two months, this observer for one is going to sit up and take notice.
So perhaps it’s a good time for Broberg to take a break from the hard world of men’s hockey and spend some time playing against his own peer group. At least, that’s the plan.
For now at least, it’s on to the next stage. In a perfect world, Philip Broberg comes to Alberta this weekend, comports himself well at the tournament, dazzles Edmonton hockey fans in the process, and then sticks around town for Oilers’ training camp. But as 2020 has proven to devastating effect, this ol’ world is far from perfect.
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