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09-21-2012, 04:34 PM
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I think people are really overstating the difference in ice time and competition between the Canucks' defensemen. People are talking like Edler was stapled to the Sedins and then drawing conclusions from that. Here's how much time each defenseman actually played with H. Sedin on average per game:

Edler: 6:38
Bieksa: 5:54
Salo: 5:06
Hamhuis: 4:55
Rome: 3:41
Ballard: 3:12
Alberts: 3:07

So Edler got all of 44 seconds more per game with the Sedins than Bieksa did. In fact, the difference between Edler and Bieksa is smaller than the difference between Bieksa and his own partner Hamhuis.

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