A little perspective on the current star defenseman
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08-15-2012, 11:08 AM
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As anyone will tell you, results without context have little value. Qual Comps need to be added to see if Letang posted these results against top competition or not. Being a PIT fan and watching just about every game for the last 5 years, Letang usually draws the 2nd lines and this is verified by him having the 3rd highest Qual Comp on his team.
Zone starts also give great context. Posting great +- is easy when you start 50% of the time in the O zone, like Letang does.
I also suggest looking at +- OFF ICE/60min for the players. This gives you the WYWO perspective.
SV% ON ice while having a high QualComp will generally show you who the studs are (on a team). Just note that you can ONLY compare this to their teammates.
He is an elite Dman (or at least has been for the last 1.5 seasons), but is not on the scale of Chara, Webber, or probably Karlson IMO. I think Karlsson and Letang will probably be the best 2 offensive D men in the league for a while with Green falling off the map. Letang will soon be a 7mil D man or more on his next contract.
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