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05-26-2012, 04:24 PM
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Originally Posted by stokes84 View Post
Maybe it's not Myers that is being sheltered, it's Ruff wanting him to play with his most productive forwards, thus getting matched up against other teams checking lines and Sekera-esque shut down pairings. When you are a team that struggles to score, you are going to want your top defensemen playing with your best forwards more than normal. I'm willing to bet that Sekera was on the ice an awful lot with the Gaustad-Kaleta-Gerbe/similar role line, while Myers and Ehrhoff were probably playing a lot with Roy, Vanek, Pominville. Based on his PK time, it pretty obvious they were not intentionally sheltering Myers
Nobody is talking about sheltering Myers on the PK, we're talking about even strength. He's obviously good enough to be on the PK and will automatically be against good forwards on the PK. Also, Myers' quality of teammate was lower than everyone but Sekera and Leopold so he wasn't with the most productive forwards all that often outside of the PP.

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