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04-22-2013, 06:08 PM
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Posted this in the other thread:

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Interestingly, Tyson Barrie has been less sheltered for us this year than Shatty (but still 6th in rel QoC on our team including Wilson and SOB), and finishes in the offensive zone 6% more often than he starts. He also has a pretty good On ice Corsi (5.61) and a great Relative Corsi (11.2) suggesting that he is by far our best Dman in terms of possession.

Tyson Barrie has been more or less played as a 2nd pairing guy for us and numbers told has performed quite well. Elliott on the other hand is still very much being used as a sheltered bottom pairing guy and that's ok. Shane O'brien has actually performed quite very well in his role by the numbers and I'm perplexed as to why he sits out while Zanon plays. SOB is the much better bottom pairing option.
Ryan Wilson has good numbers this year but in a very small sample size and a number of them suggest that they are highly unsustainable (PDO/On ice Save %/On ice SH %).

Hunwick (obviously) but especially Hejda are outmatched against the opposition they're facing. Hejda it seems would be better suited as a bottom pairing guy for us.

EJ has been passable out there against the competition he's facing, but could be a lot better. While facing much easier competition than Pietrangelo, he has fairly comparable possession numbers (in a down year from Pietrangelo). He plays against comparable quality of competition to Doughty and Scuderi out there but much, much worse possession numbers than Doughty. It seems to confirm what we know to some extent that EJ is passable out there on the top pairing but no more than that.

Bottom line though after looking things over a lot more in depth I think we essentially have two top 4 guys going forward who actually belong there (EJ, Barrie). Hejda, Elliott, and O'brien are fine as bottom pairing guys. But we need two more top four guys in addition to EJ stepping up for our defense to be where it should be. Hopefully we can at least acquire one this offseason.

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