There is something I'm not understanding here. If hits do indeed carry equal value to points Then a player like Luke Schenn, who had 270 hits compared to a player like Erik Karlsson who had 60 is extremely valuable. How valuable you ask? Take any selection of top D's, and do the math and compare it to Schenns numbers, and you will see that the difference is minmal.
Once again I apologize in advance if I'm not seeing this right.