To be fair to Sterio, you are compartamentalzing things a bit. You're looking at goals and shooting percentage, which don't tell the whole story so far as defenseman's offensive production. (Although I guess I shouldn't blame you since Sterio was talking about defensemen with "cannons"). While I can't give you a game by game analysis, Chara or any other defenseman's ability to shoot will utlmately result in goals, whether it's by virtue of putting it in off a rebound, or having a defender having to account for someone who can shoot the puck resulting in opportunities for other players. Chara's high point total and plus/minus would be an indication of this. Whatever metric you want to use though, there can be no doubt that Chara is a big help to an offense, whether on the powerplay, even strength or both.
And of course Sterio is not saying that he'll take a defenseman with a good shot that can't play defense at all. (You seemed to jump all over him for mentioning Souray, but it didn't really have much to do with anything). If anything, you could fault him for just stating the obvious . . . wouldn't it be great if we had a defenseman like Chara, Karlsson, Pietragelo and Doughty.
Thank you so much Daniel for simply understanding what i said, you got it. So damn refreshing. All i said is that we dont have "canons" thats it, thats all. and for pointing out the general meaning of my post. almost every damn time i post something with a few examples just to put a context (obviously theres rarely perfect matches when youre comparing stuff) guys like him will jump on those examples to throw off my point with stats and sh!t and ignoring the whole meaning. i really didnt need to get thrown stats at and nitpicking a few of the names i threw out names i put there for simple examples.
edit: and by canon i meant hard shots from guys who can get the puck through to the net. which like you said can create rebounds or offence one way or the other and exactly shooting percentage doesnt tell you the whole story at all.
Edited by SterioDesign, 14 May 2013 - 12:43 PM.