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04-12-2012, 04:35 PM
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BillyShoe1721
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When Phil Housley was used as a #1 or #2 defenseman at ES, this is how his teams faired:

1987: #2 ES, Didn't make playoffs, 14th of 21 teams in goals against
1988: #1 ES, Lost in first round of playoffs, 12th of 21 teams in goals against
1990: #1 ES, Lost in first round of playoffs, 3rd of 21 teams in goals against
1991: #1 ES, Didn't make playoffs, 15th of 21 teams in goals against
1992: #2 ES, Lost in first round of playoffs, 3rd of 22 teams in goals against
1993: #1 ES, Lost in first round of playoffs, 18th of 24 teams in goals against
1995: #1 ES, Lost in first round of playoffs, 11th of 26 teams in goals against
1996: #1 ES for Calgary before being traded to Devils, Calgary Lost in first round of playoffs and Devils didn't make it, Calgary was 8th of 26 teams in goals against and the Devils were 2nd(played 59 and 22 games respectively)

So, on average, when Phil Housley was a top pairing defenseman at even strength, his team's defense was pretty average except for two strong years. And his teams never had any success in the playoffs with him playing heavy minutes at even strength. I got criticized last year for trying to use Gonchar's voting record to support him, and I think Housley should be criticized just as much. In Housley's two years in Washington, he actually got LESS even strength time than Sergei Gonchar. Mind you, that's not prime offense Sergei Gonchar, that's 96-97 and 97-98 Sergei Gonchar in his 3rd and 4th NHL seasons when his defense was still quite rough. And the coach trusted him more at ES than Housley.

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