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06-09-2010, 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by State of Hockey View Post
You don't "hide" a player by throwing him up against top lines. Schultz usually saw the most PK minutes under JL as well. It's not all coincidence that our defense under that configuration was near the top of the league.
Being atop of the league in defensive categories was much more about Lemaire than any pairing Nick Schultz was being used in. Let's not play revisionist history here. If Schultz and the defense on a whole was truly top tier, they would have proved as much in a different system.

Originally Posted by State of Hockey View Post
Hnidy was hidden behind Schultz last year. That's hiding someone.
And just as you used your 'you do not hide players against top lines', same case could be made here. Lets not act as if Schultz and Hnidy played against any meaningful opposition. Playing as poorly as they did against the bottom two lines is as much of a black mark as any.

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