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02-04-2011, 08:05 PM
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Originally Posted by TonySCV View Post
He's on the ice for fewer offensive zone face-offs than any other defenseman on the team. Not too many folks write about this stat, but here's an article that shines some perspective on it a bit:

http://blogs.thescore.com/nhl/2009/1...es-defencemen/ Look at that chart that combines +- with the low offensive zone start rate, and it's mighty impressive that he can be that significant of a plus player and yet be on the ice in the toughest of situations.

And you can use this stat to see how a guy like Dave Bolland was so critical to Chicago's success in 2010: http://blogs.thescore.com/nhl/2010/0...ill-both-ways/

Mitchell's basically put out in the toughest situations, against the toughest competition.
Thanks -T. I had never heard about that stat before. But it is clear that he plays the crunch time defender role extremely well. Better than Scuds who is nails.

AS for Bolland, if you dont know just how good he is you underestimate the depth of Chicago. He was a 50 goal scorer in his last year in the OHL. He has great hands and every coach he has ever played for raves about his responsible play and ability to play any role.

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