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01-21-2011, 04:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Mystlyfe View Post
Mike Green:
41 GP
88 Hits
94 Blocked Shots
22 Takeaways
28 ES GA in 771:09 ESTOI (~27.5 min per GA)
8 PPGA in 105:50 SHTOI (~13.25 min per GA, ~84.9% PK%)

Ryan Suter:
36GP
35 Hits
45 Blocked Shots
10 Takeaways
19 ES GA in 668:52 ESTOI (~32.5 min per GA)
7 PPGA in 77:14 SHTOI (~11 min per GA, ~81.9% PK%)

And keep in mind that Suter gets to play with Shea Weber, while Green pairs with Jeff Schultz or Scott Hannan. This is reflected by Suter's +0.078 Qualteam and Green's -0.018. Suter faces slightly tougher competition than Green, but both players are within .025 of neutral QoC.

The stats show that Green actually ends up making more defensive plays than Suter, is a better penalty killer, though gives up some more goals at evens strength (though he doesn't get the benefit of playing with Shea Weber). And given the relative disparity between their offensive games, Green is absolutely ahead of Suter.
IMHO, defensive is impossible to quantify in any stats. They can be useful and provide some insight, but the only way to trult tell who is better is watch every game. I can't say I have seen every game of Mike Green, so I am not going to say who's better, but its tough to imagine someone playing better D than Suter this year. His positioning is phenomenal, so no one ever challenges him, therefore he doesn't have to block shots of get takeaways, as he is avoided entirely.

Just my $0.02

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