The Best Remaining Free Agent Defensemen
This week at Puck Prospectus, I examined the best remaining defensemen on the free agent market according to goals-versus-threshold (GVT).
1. Brendan Bell (GVT 4.6)
Last season, Brendan Bell dressed in 53 games for the Ottawa Senators and tallied a respectable 21 points. His points-per-game of 0.39, spread out over an 82-game season, would have resulted in a 32 point season for the journeyman defender.
Bell’s forte is his power play quarterbacking ability and puck-moving skills. Last season he only played 17:00 minutes per game for Ottawa, 3:00 minutes of this time per game was on the power play. Taking into account his low penalty killing minute totals (less than 10:00 all season long), you can see just how one-dimensional Bell is. Never mind the fact that Bell was eighth out of all the Senators defensemen on the team in blocked shots (36) and eighth out of all the team’s defensemen in hits (29).
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