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Marc Staal statistically best defensive dman in NHL this season
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04-07-2010, 11:25 PM
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Originally Posted by
Fitzy Duke of NY
I did. I am also a fervent believer that it is impossible to correctly or accurate gauge defensive ability through stats. You can get hints or very general ideas, but usually you have to watch each individual player and even then some of the distinctions are so minor its impossible to rank.
I completely agree. So much of what makes a player great defensively cannot be measured by a stat, even if they invented one, such as keeping a player to the outside of the ice, and not allowing a lane, even if a successful poke check/hit etc. wasn't made, or sliding in front of a shot to block it, even if the player didn't end up shooting but instead had to hold onto the puck and was forced to try to do something else with it.
Stuff like that, no matter what stats are created, cannot be quantified.
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