The Out of Town Thread part XLVI All talk from around the league here
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08-26-2012, 03:13 PM
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The James Norris Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League's top "defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position".
But what does the NHL know. They're just the ones who invented the award. You obviously know better.
They know nothing.
You are building a team. You are selecting your top defenceman. If you select a guy who can only play rover and PP, you are going to be a horrific team.
My ideal top defenseman? Plays the point on the PP, springs the attack from the back end, eats up short-handed situations, is the key piece to the 5-on-3 kill, and is a stalwart on defense.
Apparently your ideal top defenseman is a guy who averaged 33 seconds a game shorthanded. You know what that means? He was only ever used in situations where the penalty was expiring, the face-off or puck was played in the other opponents end and they could transition from short-handed to offence once the penalty was killed.
Erik Karlsson ranked 167th in the league for DEFENSEMAN for short-handed time on ice. He however averaged 4 minutes a game on the powerplay. 8th overall for D on the powerplay.
PK Subban averaged 2:36 minutes a game on the penalty kill. Good enough for 48th in the league (Only reason he didn't play more is because of Hal Gill & Gorges forming the tandem for the first unit).
You can try and argue your way out of this, which you won't, but what the stats and anyone with a keen hockey eye will realise is that PK Subban is much more rounded defenseman than Karlsson. In no world is PK Subban better offensively, but I'll take the <20 points that Karlsson will get over Subban, for the time on ice Subban is killing penalties, hitting the opposition, drawing penalties, and skating us out of trouble.
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