Babcock explains importance of left-handed defensemen

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There's a method to his madness.

Team Canada head coach Mike Babcock's rosters at the past two Olympic Games and the upcoming World Cup of Hockey have followed a distinct pattern.

It's become no secret that Babcock has tried to construct his defensive pairings with both a left-handed shot and a right-handed shot on each contingent. Of course, that criteria has led to the omission of players such as Kris Letang and P.K. Subban, who both shoot right.

On Monday during a press conference, Babcock finally revealed why having a defenseman with a left-handed shot is so important.

So, in case it wasn't clear before, Babcock has clearly thought this through.