Re: Karlsson hurt
posted at 2/14/2013 11:20 PM EST
Just in case it isn't clear yet - as a Norris Trophy Winner, Karlsson was 78 points, 28 on the PP, for 35.9% of his points. Here's how the rest of that list of "better" players stack up:
Chara - 52 points, 18 on the PP, 34.6%
Suter- 46 points, 25 on the PP, 54.3%
Weber - 49 points, 22 on the PP, 44.8%
Campbell - 53 points, 31 on the PP, 58.5%
Yandle - 43 points, 11 on the PP, 25.6%
Del Zotto - 41 points, 14 on the PP, 34.1%
Hedman - 23 points, 4 on the PP, 17%
Letang - 42 points, 15 on the PP, 35.7%
So only Yandle and Hedman were less dependent on the PP to score for points, and Campbell, Suter and Weber got much higher percentages of their points on the PP.
Plus, again, Karlsson is not the defensive gong show he could be last year. He's much smarter about the way he uses his skating to leverage guys out of scoring areas, move guys off the puck, and dash into passing lanes to make steals. Arguing this point is a fail.