Thread: OT: Jason Garrison
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02-23-2013, 07:19 AM
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For more outside perspective on Garrison, here's a CanucksArmy written by Thomas Drance. In it, he gives perspective on Garrison's numbers and deployment. He also touches on Edler's right-side experiment:

...As for the idea that Jason Garrison is being demoted in the first place, it's worth remembering that Vancouver is deploying their defensive pairings in a uniquely balanced fashion so far this season. In fact, no Canucks defenseman is even in the top-90 in the NHL in even-strenght ice-time per game and that's essential context here.

Consider that at evens the difference between Chris Tanev's ice-time (he's sixth in even-strength ice-time among Canucks defenseman so far this season) and Kevin Bieksa's (he's first on the club) is about thirty total even-strength minutes in aggregate through fourteen games. That's just a tick over two-minutes of ice-time per contest and that's the difference between the first and third pairings (the difference between the second and third pairings is closer to sixty seconds per game).

When we consider the context of Vancouver's balanced blue-line deployments, it's clear that we need to be very careful about how we apply labels to Vancouver's six blue-liners this season. Put simply: being a "third-pairing defenseman" on the Canucks at the moment doesn't mean as much as it does to be a "third-pairing defenseman" on one of 29 other teams in the NHL...

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