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07-03-2011, 12:31 PM
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Lidstrom had the toughest quality of compitition metrics of any defenseman at even strength last season. That largely explains the lackluster defensive numbers.

Gill and Gorges were also consistently used as very tough minute guys, both being top 30 in the league in QUALCOMP (Gorges 8, Gill 21) which explains the lack luster ES numbers.

Hammer was also being used in tough situation so his numbers are stellar. Only a healthy Markov, who is also a tough situation warrior, would be able to replace him on even strength. The mark of how good Markov was is that it took Hamrlik to replace him at even strength and Wisniewski to replace him on the powerplay as he can do both those jobs.

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