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03-01-2013, 12:46 AM
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Originally Posted by GrandPapillon View Post
Shattenkirk is the best defenseman on the team this year. I know what Petro's upside is, and when he is playing well, he is the better player. However, Shattenkirk has been more consistent, shown more improvement, and made smarter plays all year. Tired of Petro getting a fairly free pass.

This 'Alex Pietrangelo is playing bad' nonsense has gone too far...

Kevin Shattenkirk is paired with Barret Jackman, one of the best defensive defensemen in the NHL. Jackman(who happens to be leading the league in defensive GVT) is aptly suited to cover for Shattenkirk's weaknesses.

Alex Pietrangelo has had three different defense partners through 19 games, none of which have been an ideal fit for him. Despite that, Pietrangelo still faces tougher competition(QoC) and is matched with weaker teammates(QoT). He's the most valuable defenseman on the team, and one of the most(if not the most) valuable defensmen in the NHL.

Shattenkirk is having a great season, but the OP lacks context. Pietrangelo isn't getting a free pass... because calling him out for his play, at this point, would be ridiculous.

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