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11-15-2012, 10:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Stick To Your Guns View Post
Because Campbell is better defensively while putting up more points?
Phaneuf began his shifts in the offensive zone 50% of the time, compared to Campbell's 54%. Thats a pretty huge difference. For comparison Jake Gardiner, who had an insanely sheltered season according to most, started in the offensive zone 56% of the time.

So Campbell's percentage of offensive zone starts were closer to that of a sheltered rookie than to Phaneuf, and (as stated) had less quality competition. How exactly is he better defensively?

I'm not even trying to slag Campbell. I don't think any of the good things people are saying about him in this thread are wrong. He is a minute eating, smooth skating, soft handed D-man. But the problem here is people who think Dion is no better than he was in his last season in Calgary.

Phaneuf is a better defender.

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