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.


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 p.m.  
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 p.m.  

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