How much will the Penguins miss Ryan Whitney as he recuperates from his foot injury? You be the judge. Take a look at the top point totals by defensemen the past two seasons:
|1. Sergei Gonchar, Penguins||160||25||107||132|
|2. Nicklas Lidstrom, Red Wings||156||23||109||132|
|3. Tomas Kaberle, Maple Leafs||156||19||92||111|
|4. Dion Phaneuf, Flames||161||34||76||110|
|6. Brian Rafalski, Devils/Red Wings||155||21||89||110|
|6. Brian Campbell, Sabres/Sharks||165||14||96||110|
|7. Andre Markov, Canadiens||159||22||85||107|
|8. Chris Pronger, Ducks||138||25||77||102|
|9. Lubomir Visnovsky, Kings||151||26||73||99|
|9. Ryan Whitney, Penguins
|11. Kimmo Timonen, Predators/Flyers||160||21||78||99|
Not bad company when you consider the likes of Zdeno Chara, Ed Jovanovski and Jay Bouwmeester aren't on the list.
Whitney's defense is inconsistent to be kind. His presence in front of his net can be downright atrocious on far too many occasions (possibly due to his foot ailment). Those aspects of his game won't be missed.
But his offense won't be replaced easily. Especially when you consider the totals he's racked up being the team's No. 2 defenseman primarily the past two seasons.
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