Has Volchenkov ever gotten PP time? It's not like he's got a Chara cannon back there. I have no doubt that he'll get much more ice time this year, with White's departure and hopefully a healthy start.
Volchenkov shouldn't get too much PP time. He's more of a stay at home defender.
perhaps i was misinterpreted. i did not mean to say that he should be on the PP - he should not. i simply meant that his lower TOI was based on him really only being used at ES and getting pushed out of the top 3 for some unknown reason.
if he can stay healthy, i expect a consistent 19:30 or so from him per game - especially if this infusion of rookies/non-vets are going to have prominent roles on this year's defense.
a big thing to consider - and this can easily be lost when trying to remember last season - because of his style, he gets banged up a lot in game. while he doesn't come out, he absolutely misses a shift here and there because of it and that affect TOI. his self-proclaimed goal is to keep the puck out of the net and if that means getting in front of it himself, he'll do it every time.
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