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11-12-2011, 05:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Zip15 View Post
Oh great, another poster who does nothing but rail against Miller and ***** that Vanek doesn't get enough ice time.

Here's a clue: he doesn't kill penalties very often. He leads the team in ice time if you add only ES + PP minutes.
There's a fallacy that Vanek would be just as effective if getting more time.

The truth is, he may or may not. I think people forget Vanek takes a physical beating especially when he goes to the net. That's tough work, and you don't know if getting more ice time would just wear him out more and reduce his marginal effectiveness, or if he would maintain his beastly pace for the whole game. I'd be interested in seeing how his play varies with ice time, it wouldn't surprise me if somewhere around 18-19 minutes was the "sweet spot."

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