Thread: Proposal: Buf-NYI
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07-30-2012, 01:24 PM
Stewie G
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Originally Posted by stokes84 View Post
Something strange happened on the Buffalo board this offseason, where it was declared by some Sekera fanboys that he was the best defenseman we have, and many posters started buying it. Anybody that watches the Sabres regularly that doesn't frequent this site knows that Sekera ranks well below Myers and Ehrhoff, and fits in somewhere with Leopold and Regher for 3-5. For me, he comes in at no. 5 in terms of importance to this team. Here's a very in depth analysis that claims Sekera was our 6th best defenseman.
The numbers you linked look solely at goals. If you look at the shots rankings, Sekera is #1 in the ShotHARD+ which the blogger portends is the best defensive metric and #3 in the ShotHART+ category.

If we went solely by the HART+ numbers, you'd be led to believe that John Erskine is a better defenseman than Karl Alzner at 5 on 5 and Dennis Wideman is a significantly better PKer than Alzner. I'll leave it up to others to determine how much stock to put into those rankings.

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