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Nugent-Hopkins, Landeskog, Couturier and the Blueliners Behind Them

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In the comments of my morning article on the assignments faced by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Gabriel Landeskog and Sean Couturier have faced, Woodguy wondered what impact the defensive pairings behind the kids has on their results:

I wonder how the defensive pairing playing behind the forwards affect the possession metrics.

Renney’s been running 3rd pair with RNH and his Ozone starts all year. Lots of Sutton, Peckham, Tuebert and Barker when he played.

You would think with the QC that Landeskog is getting he has Johnson or Quincey behind him.

Which is more important for driving possession, QC or QT. Chicken or egg?

Thanks to the venerable and terrifying Gabriel Desjardins and his behindthenet.ca, we can figure that out. The numbers below show even strength time on ice for each of the 18-year-old forwards at the top of the table. Below each player is a listing of the even strength time on ice with each corresponding defensive teammate.

Rookie ES TOI
Rookie ES TOI
Rookie ES TOI
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 505.1
Gabriel Landeskog 700.15
Sean Couturier 426.82








Defensive Teammate ES TOI
Defensive Teammate ES TOI
Defensive Teammate ES TOI
Tom Gilbert 170.7
Shane O`Brien 236.0
Matt Carle 173.7
Ladislav Smid 149.0
Jan Hejda 228.2
Braydon Coburn 163.9
Theo Peckham 147.5
Kyle Quincey 226.1
Andrej Meszaros 152.8
Jeff Petry 135.9
Erik Johnson 225.4
Kimmo Timonen 103.7
Corey Potter 120.2
Ryan O`Byrne 200.9
Marc-Andre Bourdon 88.4
Andy Sutton 82.3
Ryan Wilson 153.3


Ryan Whitney 70.2
Stefan Elliott 101.5



*Time on ice figures courtesy behindthenet.ca