People don't realize how good is Pitkanen. He's top 25 defenceman in league and this season finally stars to play with his full potential. I'm verry happy to have this guy in Carolina.
Whitney is good player but he's nowhere to Pits defence game. But he's better in offensive part.
I swear only Oilers fans and now Canes fans will give him any credit for having a solid defensive game. Everyone just looked at his -25 the year the Flyers were by far the worst team in the league and tatoo'd that in their head. People also did it with Souray and even Visnovsky last season.
Does that also make Aaron Ward better than Whitney? and Pitkanen for that matter?
The Canes in 05-06, Hedican was the Cane's number 1 dman, and he was better than Whitney and possibly Pitkanen are now. He also wasn't their #1 guy in all situations like Pitkanen was this past year.
In the playoffs, Hedican averaged 22:40 per game, Ward had 21:42, Commodore 19:27, and Kaberle 18:25. Hedican was their #1 guy overall, Ward was their main PK guy, and Kaberle their main PP guy.
These past playoffs, Pitkanen averaged 26:29, Corvo 25:28, Seidenberg 22:25, Gleason 20:29, and the other guys barely played. Pitkanen was their #1 dman in basically all situations - Corvo had almost as many minutes, but was clearly playing for his offense. Pitkanen was also even, while Corvo was -7.