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03-17-2012, 01:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Les Wynan View Post
True but the flipside is that he's also playing against other teams' third and fourth lines.

Anyway I really think using point totals to evaluate defensemen is really flawed. It's hilarious to me that people think Erik Karlsson should even sniff the Norris this year but I'm sure he'll win it because that's how awards are voted on. It's pathetic.
I was comparing Sharks 3rd and 4th to other 3rd's and 4th's in the league. Like I said partial pass because the Sharks are behind the eightball in that regard. If he was playing behind the top guys and showing the same totals, I would be concerned. I agree to an extent that points are not as indicative for dmen although they do tend to segregate puckmovers from non-puckmovers. I am a proponent of a team aiming to get 6 puckmovers if possible, filling the defensive dman roles with guys like Z. Michalek, Seidenberg, Hamhuis, etc. Not guys like Phillips, Regehr, et al.

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