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09-01-2012, 03:40 PM
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Kaberle was only -2 5 on 5 last year, best outside of Subban and Gorges and he missed the first 20 games where Montreal dominated on 5 on 5. When playing 2nd pairing with Emelin he was even on goals (12 for and against) and shots/possession. That was the best 2nd pairing the team iced last year. Kaberle's big minus last year was from playing in Carolina and goals against in empty net and powerplay situations, which really just tells you he was counted on to play in important offensive shifts.


When he was on the powerplay it performed like a league average unit, when he was on the powerplay with Subban it performed like a good 1st PP pairing, not far off from Wisniewski-Subban. The PP's problem was that every other pairing but theirs sucked.

He helped the PP as much as one player could be expected to help (unless we're talking about a PP magician like Markov used to be, but there aren't many of them in the league).

You can make a pretty convincing case he was the 3rd most effective defenseman the team had in on-ice results about equal to better than Diaz and Emelin in ES situations and the teams best PP defenseman.

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