ATD2011 Milt Dunnell Cup Final: Regina Pats vs. Ottawa Senators
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05-27-2011, 11:33 PM
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Also, one of the reasons why Watson may have been that high in ice time is that the Flyers likely took a disproportionate amount of penalties in the playoffs. If Watson was their best PK'er (this definitely works in his favor), that'll boost his ice time over the other defensemen.
However, for me, I prefer to look at even strength TOI to determine who is the "#1", as that really demonstrates who the coach feels is his most reliable defenseman. Hedman actually leads Tampa Bay in ES TOI/G, over Brewer.. and I agree with that. I think Hedman is better than him. Another reason why Brewer leads the team in TOI/G for defensemen: he gets 3:39 per game on the PP, next best is Bergeron with 1:47 PP TOI/G.
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