2008-04-21

But Keenan once gave me an 8 minute shift!

Take a look at the average shift lengths in the playoffs. The guy at the top has young legs and is the world's best player right now. The guy sitting at #2? Not Chara, not Mike Green, not Andrei Markov or any other PP point man. Not Crosby either. It's Alex Kovalev.

Kovalev is, quite literally, short changing his teammates.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't worked out the numbers but I think this is skewed by PP TOI. Kovy often plays the whole PP.

4/22/2008 3:41 PM  
Blogger Jeff J said...

Absolutely correct. PP time is definitely a factor, but that's true for all the guys at the top of the list - many of whom played more PP minutes. I'm all for giving Kovalev the keys to the PP. He's dominant there.

Another factor is Kovy's knack for stretching a shift over a TV timeout. Statistically, that counts as one shift but is realistically two.

4/22/2008 9:55 PM  

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