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03-11-2011, 05:46 PM
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Originally Posted by MaindotC View Post
Some thing I've always wondered about minutes played per game - I don't understand why it's discussed as if it's something the player determines, or do players (notably d-men) decide when they go onto the ice?
So much determines the minutes a player plays, obviously skill and physical ability is the main consideration
Chemistry and particular coaching choices made in game like line matching or shutting down players

For lower deck players icetime hints to how "useful" they are
compare Lessard and Winchester kind of thing

For higher tier players icetime is usually indicative of special teams
so if a player logs lots of minutes he is playing man up/down

When I personally refer to icetime in hockey banter
it is often refering to how used they were in game
it is a relative measuring stick

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