Will Mike Green win the Norris?
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02-09-2009, 12:10 PM
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Note that Green is on pace for less than 70 points this year (69.x).
Lidstrom won the Norris last season with 70. I don't buy the notion that for defensemen, goals are going to be counted more heavily.
Green has a healthy deficit to make up in assists and plus/minus over his defensemen competitiors: 27 to 34 and +21 to +31.
Is that largely because of his time on the shelf? Absolutely, but you get credit for endurance, and you get no sympathy for time off. Green will end up being an offensive defenseman with numbers that just aren't high enough to make up for the fact that he can't dictate the pace of a game through defensive play
Green is on pace for 77 points in 69
Maybe that's where you got the "69".
He's on a pace for 92 points in 82 games (this will probably dip).
Green missed time after being plastered by Pronger on an offensive rush with the puck that very little if any NHL defenseman can pull off. Had little to do with his "endurance". He gives more hits than he takes.
He can dictate the pace of a game with his skating ability and stickhandling and puck-movement on defense. 85-100 pts will be enough for voters to give him the nod once or twice in his career, IMHO.
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