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10-27-2011, 04:26 PM
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Out of our 6 defenseman playing right now, he's 4th in ES minutes. Puts him as a Top-4 defenseman, especially when combining his minutes on the PP & PK.
He's third on the team (defense) in total minutes (20:17/game), behind only Subban & Gorges.
Weber is also averaging 2:08 minutes per game on the PK, which means he's still facing top-flight opposition at that point too.
If you take a look at the games he's actually played defense (he shifted back fulltime in Winnipeg in the 1st period, but played mostly 3rd pairing) he's averaged just shy of 22 minutes per game. He's being used a lot and he's played above expectations, anyone who thinks he belongs back on the wing at this point is out of their minds based on his play thus far.
Idealy is he a guy that plays 22 minutes per game? Maybe not today, but injuries have given him a chance to shine and not unlike Subban in that same situation last season he has relished in the role and has shown he can step up and log big minutes and complete his defensive assignments.
I predicted before the year that if he was used appropriately this season he should easily chip in 30-35 points for us and I stand by that prediction.
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