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Defense with a Seid of Offense: Dennis Seidenberg’s Report Card

Welcome to the allislanders.com series of player report cards! In these articles (in alphabetical order by first name), you will see a player’s statistics and our ratings of that player based on a variety of factors.

The most important factor is importance to team and consistency. This rating is out of 25 points, and will be determine based of how important that player was. If the player was off the team, how would the team fare? This question was taken into mind in this ranking.

Offense and defense are also taken into account. This will be determined by how effective the player was by HIS standards. For example, Stephen Gionta may not have had 30 goals or have been a +40, but he was very productive for the team when he played so he will receive a high score.

Physicality/tenaciousness, clutch factor, and leadership are smaller scores that are important to us, so they will be ranked as ten points, ten points and five points respectively. Together, the points available from each category equal 100 points and all the points received will be added up into a letter grade.

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Today’s Player Report Card: Dennis Seidenberg

Dennis Seidenberg’s 2016-2017 Season Stats: GP: 73 G: 5 A: 17 P: 22 +/-: +25 GWG: 0

It looked like the Islanders’ defense was set for the 2016-2017 season especially after what the team saw from Ryan Pulock but the Isles were still tempted to improve. So when the World Cup of Hockey returned for the first time since 2004, they found their improvement. Veteran defenseman and Stanley Cup champion Dennis Seidenberg was bought out of his contract by the Boston Bruins this past summer and he entered the World Cup of Hockey, playing for Team Europe, without an NHL contract. Seidenberg was able to prove he could still compete with the best of the best and during the finals of the tournament where it was his team vs Team Canada, Seidenberg signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Islanders. He spent majority of the season playing alongside Calvin de Haan and helped him become a much better player. Seidenberg also added unexpected offense especially in the first quarter of the season. With the season now over, the Islanders extended Seidenberg with a one-year, $1.25 million dollar contract.

Dennis Seidenberg’s strong play for Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey helped get him a contract with the Islanders. The Islanders had five representatives at the tournament including three pictured here (Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, and Seidenberg). Thomas Greiss was also apart of Team Europe and Nikolay Kulemin played for Team Russia.

Importance to Team/Consistency: 20/25

Don’t let his impressive offensive numbers fool you, Seidenberg is still known as a defensive defenseman. His offense was very welcomed but he also did what was expected of him too. While averaging third-pairing minutes, Seidenberg was a key shutdown defender who rarely was taken out of the lineup.

Offense: 25/25

Seidenberg put up his best offensive season since 2011-2012. His 22 points in 73 games, including four goals and four assists through the first 12, were key to keeping the Islanders somewhat in the race earlier in the season when it looked like all was lost. Seidenberg’s numbers came from his offensive awareness that is very underrated. Seidenberg is able to quickly judge when it is and when it isn’t a good time to pinch and when and when not to leave his position at the blue line in the offensive zone.

New York Islanders defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (4) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 in New York. The Canadiens won 3-2. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Defense: 22/25

Calvin de Haan showed great improvement last season but this season he was unbelievable in many thanks to Seidenberg. Butch Goring has often said during games that Seidenberg has helped introduce de Haan to a new found patience and poise that is now very evident in his game. Seidenberg is a physical guy who had 154 hits (58th in the league, fourth on the team) and 146 shot blocks (tied for 28th in the league, second on the team behind de Haan who was 4th in the league) through 73 games. While sometimes an overrated stat that doesn’t tell the whole story, his +/- rating of +25 was first on the team and tied for 12th in the league.

Physicality/Tenaciousness: 10/10

See above for reasoning.

Clutch Factor: 2/10:

If you’ve read this report card so far, you can probably conclude that Seidenberg is pretty good but the categories on these report cards don’t benefit everyone in every category and this is a prime example. Seidenberg is not a guy you’d see late in a game when the team is in need of a goal. You might occasionally see him while the Isles try to defend a late lead but we all know the Islanders aren’t very good at that.

Leadership: 5/5

As a Stanley Cup champion and veteran defenseman, it’s hard to not see Seidenberg as a leader. Also, take a look at the huge strides de Haan has took in his game, something Seidenberg had a lot to do with.

Dennis Seidenberg Season Highlights:

Grade: 84/100; B

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