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11-09-2011, 01:47 PM
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Lidstrom was a -2 last season for the Red Wings. You're trying to tell me he was horrible defensively for Detroit?.........fat chance.
Word of advice, stop using +/- to determine a player's defensive ability. It is the most arbitrary stat in hockey and doesn't prove anything.
It's quite arbitrary for players across different teams, but if you're comparing players on a single team, it's definitely useful.
Of course, you need to weigh it against other factors (ie. points, Corsi, etc.).
In Lidstrom's case, he put up 62 points... by far the highest total of any defenseman on his team. He was obviously very valuable last year.
In the case of the prospect we're talking about, Ryan Ellis, he both led his team in + / -, and led his team in points. That's pretty impressive for a defenseman. And he had a rather significant lead over the 2nd person in each of those categories.
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