Seeing as Ryan Suter is drawing numerous interest as a Norris Trophy candidate. I figured I would throw out some food for thought on the tall tales being told from the north. The Norris Trophy is supposed to be handed out to the best defenseman in the league however in recent years it has been trending more into the inclusion of offensive production statistics. So here below are Ryan Suter's production number. I originally started doing this to see how much was Suter or how much was his blue ox (Parise) accounting for these numbers, but soon realized that it is a circular logic as to which makes the other one better, and they likely both benefit from playing together. I just was thinking how much Suter has to benefit on these offensive production numbers playing with highly skilled forwards (Heatley, Koivu, Setoguchi, Parise, and now Pominville) on the powerplay, but like I was saying it is a circular logic and difficult to differentiate his numbers with higher end forwards than defensemen playing with less offensive help. Maybe someone else has an idea on this?
However a couple of things did jump out from my attempt to analyze Suter's offensive production: the competition that most of his points came against, and the amount of these that were powerplay points. You can see the blue colors represent the bottom 15 teams in the league, with the dark blue representing teams that are currently not in the playoffs. Of the points against playoff bound teams 5 out of 9 were on the powerplay. Makes you wonder how much playing in a weak division is favoring Suter's offensive numbers? Anyhow I apologize for any errors in my rush to complete this, but I would definitely like to hear others opinions.