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01-15-2013, 07:00 PM
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Originally Posted by BxN View Post
Not even close?

Subban: 24.18 (1st in Habs)
Del Zotto: 22.26 (3rd in Rangers)

MDZ had better production overall (surrounded by a better quality team, fine!) but had less ice time.

Pressure-wise, New York might not be Montreal but it's still friggin New York!

I'm not even suggesting PK should sign the same contract but saying the comparables aren't even close is weird.

I have no doubt Subban will climb the NHL's defensemen hierarchy in the coming years but let's just not jump the gun.
I could produce an essay on the matter, but the short and simple thesis is that judging defensemen on straight points is a terrible practice. It tell you very little about value since their point totals are based just as much on situation as talent.

Suffice to say, Del Zotto is a 2nd pairing puck mover and PP specialist, Subban is a 1st pairing two-way defenseman whole plays all high-leverage situations. That's why aren't directly comparable.

Or you can say their offensive value is comparable, but Subban does a bunch of other very important things on top of his offense that Del Zotto doesn't.

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