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Ice Time Leader

The player who leads the NHL in ice time so far this season is Dustin Byfuglien of the Winnipeg Jets.  He has played 28:07 per game so far this season.  His ice time has increased annually over the past while.  Last year Byfuglien averaged 25:12 per game.  The year before that he was at 22:41 per game.

Byfuglien's ice time has increased steadily since he has taken over as a full time defenceman.  He has become Winnipeg's number one defenceman.  Other Jets defencemen have struggled.  Toby Enstrom appears to be past his prime at age 32.  Tyler Myers has missed time due to injury.  Jacob Trouba held out in a contract dispute. 

Dustin Byfuglien is a big physical defenceman.  His playing style has to be tough on his body.  Historically many big physical players have had shortened careers due to injury issues.  That may be in Byfuglien's future.  In the meantime he is a top flight defenceman and leading the league in plying time.  Time will tell if he can handle this level of ice time over a longer term.

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ilovehomers's avatar

Once again, for an analytics guy, you sure do put a lot of stock into the most basic of numbers without any real analysis.

What is the point in this article? Dustin Byfuglien plays a lot of minutes. Okay, so you went to an NHL stats page and saw that. Somehow, you got 3 paragraphs out of it but I learned nothing. What is this, a hockey for noobs page?

Everyone else has mostly stopped responding to your crap writing but Holy Datsyuk. All these minutes, what can we do with that to make an analysis worthwhile?

Compare to other minutes leading dmen.
Share of PP and SH TOI
Quality of Competition (since you love +/-, that should be right up your alley).

Can’t wait to see your article on saturday about the leading player in SOG;

Brent Burns leads the league in SOG. He has 81 SOG. He shoots the puck more than anyone in the league. That includes Alex Ovechkin, who has less shots. He has 75 SOG.

So I’ve already got you started. Just update the SOG totals. It is actually quite interesting to see a defenseman at the top, so you’re welcome for the new topic. I expect it to be in the same kindergarten format as per usual.

Posted by ilovehomers on 11/24/16 at 12:28 AM ET

PuckStopsHere's avatar

Some people maybe interested to see just how much Byfugliens role has changed in Winnipeg and in a significant way.  I am interested to see how it works out.  It is something I am watching and you should be too.  And that is the reason to point it out.

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 11/24/16 at 12:40 AM ET

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