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08-23-2013, 02:55 PM
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Originally Posted by aufheben View Post
Can you post these stats?
There was an article that was linked to the boards a while back that showed the Rangers 6 defensemen ranked according to their production and the kinds of starts they got. The top four weren't sheltered. The bottom two received very sheltered minutes. Stralman and Moore were the only two players to get sheltered minutes last season (Moore moreso than Stralman). I searched around for it, but couldn't find it. It had a chart sort of thing that showed how the six fell.

Beyond that though, MDZ received significantly more minutes in every situation, he put up three times the production, and that was with playing part of the season with a hernia.

Last season, Stralman had zero power play points, despite averaging over a minute a game on the power play. Over the last two years, Stralman has four points on the power play, despite averaging over a minute a game. Nearly two hours worth of power play time in his Rangers tenure, and he only has four points.

Last season, they were about the same in hits. Del Zotto had 22 more blocked shots.

The season before, Del Zotto had 80 more hits, 24 more blocked shots, and had double the shooting percentage.

Over the last two years, Del Zotto is a +26. Stralman is a +23.

In short, Del Zotto played more minutes in all situations against tougher competition and put up better numbers. Oh yeah, and he's half a decade younger to boot. MDZ is easily the better player right now, and that gap is only going to grow.

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