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02-13-2012, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by seventieslord View Post
Still, the gap in their TOI (which was small) was fueled by Niedermayer getting a load of PP time and Stevens getting very little. Niedermayer took slightly longer before he was played more at ES than Stevens, which was more due to skating and matchups than overall ability, and from 1999-2004 the overall gap was a whopping 0.12 minutes per game anyway safe to say that the eye test can easily override something that simple.
That is the point. Ice time is an indicator, but for players (like Stevens for example) who became specialists, you need the context. Team situation and the opponents matters a lot.

I guess I just don't feel as strongly about what ice time necessarily indicates as others do.

One reason is that we don't have the eye test to rely on for the majority of players in hockey history. And half the time we do have it, you deride it with the very limited numbers available, anyways.

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