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04-20-2011, 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Carey Price View Post
I think PK's +- hurt his case a fair bit, especially against Couture and Grabner. That stat does not reflect his contribution defensively at all, but that's what some people will look at.
+/- is partly a consequence of the teamates a player has and in which situation he plays.

Subban's GAA per 60 minutes is among the best in the league among defensemen with 20+ minutes per game played.

The complete +/- stats (GF GA at ES+PP+SH) gives a better overall view.

Carlson's (66 GA 22:38toi/82) Goals Against Average is just a bit under Subban's GAA (68 GA 22:16toi/77) , has close to the same number of points, but the difference in +/- is only due to Carlson (93GFtotal 72ES 18:06EStoi) and his usual teamates (Ovy 85pts, Backstrom 65pts, Semin 54pts, Laich 48 pts, Knuble 40pts : total 292pts) getting more goals for at even strenght than Subban (78GFtotal 49ES 16:38EStoi) and his usual teamates (Plex 57pts, Cammy 47pts, Gio 46, AK 45 and Gomer 38 : total 233pts) considering the Habs are more proficient on the PP and have less skilled forwards.

Add this to the fact that while Subban got a lot of his points off the PP (29GF 3:04/77) vs (21GF 2:12), he played a lot of SH time (2:36) and allowed 11 goals vs 15 goals allowed by Carlson Carlson (2:19).

Subban allowed more goals at even strenght, but allowed less goals on the PK, which is as much if not more important than even strenght (especially since the term even strenght is meant to define the unit of 5, which has more talent on Washington's side).

Not another rookie has close to the impact that Subban had on the Habs this season. Just the fact that he's among the best goal scorers among ALL defensemen in the league should've got him a nomination. Subban has 3/4 of Grabner's PPG average, and that's usually the difference (3/4) between the best pointers among dmen vs forwards.

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