This is Mark Fayne. He is a bona fide NHL defenseman, but many Oilers fans and fancy stats folks are down on him. Fayne derives a lot of his value from moments spent without the puck—as is the case with Adam Larsson.
OILERS DEFENSE 16-17 (LARSSON ADDED)
Fayne played (this is BTN on the Qual Comp) the toughest competition, although the truth is Klefbom and Sekera were all bunched together with him. Fayne didn’t do much offensively, and of course that is important. Still, if you value possession numbers (I do) and Corsi Rel (I do) then the combination of qual comp and 5×5 possession is an important story.
If you don’t find that compelling, may I ask you why you like Adam Larsson? Please and thanks. Larsson is of course more potent offensively, but not to the point of pushing the river with the puck. Seriously, I like the Larsson player type and look forward to seeing him help Edmonton defensively. I just don’t understand why people who are down on Mark Fayne consider Larsson as being a wildly different player type? Defensive defensemen play the same role, folks. It is a thing.
Allan Muir has an impressive look at team moves over the summer and gives Edmonton an A-. I think it is far too early to give out grades, so would suggest incomplete as the correct answer. That said, Mr. Muir missed the mark in my opinion.