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01-15-2013, 07:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Talks to Goalposts View Post
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.
Rangers were 13th in goals scored last season(226). Del Zotto was +20 (12th defensemen in the league). They both had 14pts on the PP. MDZ had a short-handed goal.

MDZ had 156 hits, PK had 105.
PK had 113 blocked shots, MDZ had 95.
PK had 88 giveaways, MDZ had 35.

One category PK was way ahead was SOG with 205 compared to 113 for MDZ.

You're right, I can't base my judgment solely on point production. I should have paid more attention to the defensive aspect of their respective games (!)

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