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10-23-2012, 06:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Jarick View Post
Yes that's typically the preference. But at all levels of hockey, talent trumps dexterity. Typically if you've got a ringer on D, he'll be a ringer regardless of which side he plays.
for the most part yes. I mean you go with the better player generally. But let's say you get down to the #6 defenseman who will play the right side; if everything else is equal or even close, the team will put a right shot there over a left shot. And of course when you're down to your 3rd pairing D, you're not talking about the best players at your arsenal as it is, so it may not be wise to put an already weak player on his off side. Similar to how player A may be a better player than player B but player B would make a better Left winger than player A, the same applies to defense but at a lesser extent.

Normally if a left shot is paired with a right shot, the left shot will play the left side at even strength. Powerplay gets tricky, sometimes the teams will have them switch right off the bat, other times they'll have them swap during the play because of the tougher time keeping the puck in.

Just for fun, here's a list of norris winners. The trophy began in 1954 but only Chelios, Blake, Macinnis and Karlsson were right shots with Chelios being the only multiple right shooting award winner.

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