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Season Review: Is Ferraro Best Defensive Defenseman on Sharks?



KyleErik, and JD ask another big San Jose Sharks question: Is Mario Ferraro the best defensive defenseman on the team? We look over Ferraro’s statistical profile and how it stacks up against the other defenseman on the Sharks as well as the role he plays. We compare Ferraro and Nikolai Knyzhov’s roles (5:30) and if Radim Simek had a quietly good defensive season (10:00). Then we look at Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s season and if he still has a claim on being the best defensive defenseman (14:00) on the San Jose Sharks. Finally, we each make our claim on who we think is the best defensive defenseman on the team (21:00).

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david barnard

i don’t know about the decision to leave Burns off the list. from about game 35 on he was deployed more heavily at 5v5 in DZ starts compared to OZ starts. he was deployed against top line combos and pairs as well. he got out-shot some from around game 50 on, but not significantly more than any other Shark defender. Knyzhov had the best CA/60 REL at 5v5 (-4.81). Simek edged him in FA/60 REL (-2.26). Vlasic and Simek were virtually tied in SA/60 REL (-2.05). GA/60 REL Vlasic/Ferraro/Knyzhov were all close (-0.23). xGA/60 REL Vlasic and Simek (-0.25). SCA/60… Read more »

Sheng Peng

Good points, but probably fact that Burns is even in convo, though legitimately, speaks to San Jose’s overall defensive problems. Burns, at heart, is still an offensive d-man miscast because they didn’t have better options this year

david barnard

of course, you’re right, but i feel Burns is such a great athlete that he can defend well, it’s his decision-making at times that cause things to get away from him.

Last edited 11 months ago by david barnard
Sheng Peng

I agree! It’s not a physical thing at all with Burns: He’s huge, can skate, is long, he’s actually super-tough to beat when he’s on his game.

david barnard

Vlasic’s deployment against comp was mostly 7-12 F’s and 5-6 D’s. QoT was again 7-12 Sharks F’s and 4-6 D’s. Simek deployed against 7-12 F’s and 5-6 D’s as well. deployed with 6-12 F’s and 5-6 D’s. Knyzhov deployed against 5-12 F’s and 3-6 D’s. deployed with 4-12 F’s and 4-6 D’s. Ferraro deployed against 1-5 F’s and 1-3 D’s. deployed with 1-5 F’s and 1-4 D’s. Burns deployed against 1-5 F’s and 1-3 D’s. deployed with 1-4 F’s and 1-3 D’s. Karlsson deployed against 4-12 F’s and 1, 3-4, and 6 D’s. deployed with 1-5, 8 F’s and 1-4… Read more »

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