A statistical view (using behindthenet) of Phaneuf vs other dmen. First let's use Calgary Phaneuf when he was all about offense and compare him to the recent Norris winners that have a similar focus. 2007-08 Phaneuf: Offensive Zone Start %: 56.8% Quality of Competition: -0.852 Corsi Relative: +8.0 82 Games: 17 Goals, 43 Assists, 60 Points 2011-12 Karlsson: Offensive Zone Start %: 57.1% Quality of Competition: -0.27 Corsi Relative: +11.3 81 Games: 19 Goals, 59 Assists, 78 Points 2012-13 Subban: Offensive Zone Start %: 53.6 Quality of Competition: -0.89 Corsi Relative: +13.7 42 Games: 11 Goals (22), 27 Assists (54), 38 Points (76) What's the common theme? Zone starts and competition. Phaneuf played the FIFTH toughest competition among his Dmen that year while getting a high rate of offensive zone starts. He was essentially Cody Franson of last year, 5 years earlier. Notice how his numbers match up with the other two? None of them were used as shutdown players. They had Robyn Regehr, Josh Gorges and Chris Philips for that. Now let's look at the Toronto Phaneuf who is played in a completely opposite role where it's all about defense and efficient minutes and compare him to Zdeno Chara/Shea Weber. 2012-13 Phaneuf: Offensive Zone Start %: 41.3% Quality of Competition: +3.173 Corsi Relative: -7.3 48 Games: 9 Goals (15), 19 Assists (32), 28 Points (49) 2012-13 Chara: Offensive Zone Start %: 45.8% Quality of Competition: -0.142 Corsi Relative: +6.0 48 Games: 7 Goals (12), 12 Assists (20), 19 Points (32) 2012-13 Weber: Offensive Zone Start %: 42.6% Quality of Competition: +1.82 Corsi Relative: -2.1 48 Games: 9 Goals (15), 19 Assists (32), 28 Points (49) Shocking isn't it? Dion Phaneuf and Shea Weber just had a season where their statistics mirror one another. For whatever reason, the minute he become a Toronto Maple Leaf, we gave him an entirely different role. So the question is, what's he better suited for? He was never PK Subban or Erik Karlsson, but he was surprisingly close. Yet on the other hand, now we have to compare him to the defensive guys such as Kronwall, Chara, Weber, Girardi, etc. What role would you like to see him in moving forward?