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05-07-2011, 05:57 PM
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Originally Posted by CrimsonSkorpion View Post
Kevin Shattenkirk is also 22.

In 72 games, Kevin notched 43 points and finished with a +/- of -4. It's to be noted that he finished the season with St. Louis and was a +7 with them. In 77 games, Subban finished with 38 points and a -8.

So if at this point, Subban is a future Norris candidate, then so is Shattenkirk.
At even-strength Shattenkirk faced soft opposition and started more shifts in the offensive zone than the defensive zone (60% of the time in the offensive zone, ignoring all neutral zone faceoffs). Subban wasn't completely opposite, but he played tougher competition and started more of his shifts in the defensive zone (48% O-Zone%). Shattenkirk's teams also had normal shooting luck when he was out there while Subban was slightly below normal.

If Subban had played in the situations Shattenkirk had (easy opposition, loads of offensive zone faceoffs) he would have probably had more points and a better +/- than Shattenkirk. It's more difficult to rack up the impressive counting stats when you're playing the role of a top-4 defenseman rather than a bottom-pairing guy against weak competition.

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