"Using some of the figures from Gabe Desjardins' terrific Behind The Net site, I rank every defenceman who plays in defensive situations by the quality of players they face (QCMP) and how many goals against they are on the ice for at even strength and while shorthanded. It's certainly not a perfect method, but it does give us a decent idea of which defensive defencemen are doing a good job of keeping the puck out of their net against good players. "
Not bad, but Staal was #1 in these rankings a year ago so it is a bit disappointing that he dropped 10 spots. I think he was a little more inconsistent this season than in past years so it isn't really all that surprising.
Dan Girardi did improve from last year, so kudos to him.
Meanwhile, the Weber and Suter pairing... I want it.
These defensive metrics are retarded and always have been. They were retarded last year and they are retarded this year. Measuring defense as a stat is as poor as using GAA and +/- to measure a player. They were interesting for a few minutes, but once you get into them you realize how truly useless they actually are.
Defense relates just as much to the team game. ****, most things in hockey do. I hate the use of these metrics in a true team game where the overall team has so much more impact on individual plays than in a game like baseball (where most plays ARE individual based and metrics CAN be very useful).
It's a truly terrible way to measure anything, really. The ONE position where metrics might count is for goalies (IE metrics that take into account position of the shooter during the shot, etc. etc.).
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