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07-31-2011, 02:57 PM
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Originally Posted by BraveCanadian View Post

Looking only at ES icetime can cut both ways. You can say they must be the better defensive players because they are trusted more 5 on 5 but they could also be getting more ES time because they aren't good PK or PP players (or both in some cases).
This is a good point. I've seen it said that if your defenseman is the best option, you play him on the PK first, then PP, then ES last, since that's the order of where a defenseman can make the most difference per minute.

I think it's worth looking at both overall and ES ice time.

I'm also not a fan of ice time rankings; I'd rather look at the time itself. If one defenseman played 19:55 and another 20:34, I'd consider them pretty damn close even if one were technically a #2 and one technically a #4.

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