Darren Dietz of the Saskatoon Blades was the Montreal Canadiens 5th round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The 6'1", 193 lbs defenseman is a good skater, but is still in the early stages of his development. Particularly in this game, as it was scouted in late November 2010.
The right-handed shooting Dietz played a passive game in the defensive-zone; choosing to stay on the defensive-side of the puck instead of attempting to take players out or dislodge them from the puck. I believe much of this has to do with the fact that the young Dietz was still a 17-year-old when this game took place.
Dietz's overall grade was 5 percentage-points above average. His puck-management skills through the neutral and offensive-zones carried his mark; He completed 100% of his attempted passes in the offensive-zone, while completing 100% of his attempted dump-ins.
Overall Risk/Reward Rating
When compared with other 2011 draft-eligible players, Dietz's overall risk/reward is slightly below average. His work in both the neutral and offensive-zones carried his rating. That said, the fact that he won only 50% of his d-zone puck-battles and completed only 43% of his d-zone pass-attempts hurt his rating.
|EVENTS/ MIN||2.53||EVENTS/ MIN|
Offensive-zone Risk/Reward Rating
Dietz engaged in the offensive-zone only 4 times the entire game. That said, his limited forays produced solid results, as he ended the game with no negative-events in the offensive zone. He completed all 3 of his offensive-zone pass-attempts, while winning all 3 of his offensive-zone puck-battles. He rounded out a solid game in the o-zone by also managing 1 o-zone takeaway.
|EVENTS/ MIN||0.47||EVENTS/ MIN|
As much as Dietz's work in the o-zone helped his rating; his work in the d-zone hurt his rating. He was much too passive; winning only 50% of his defensive-zone puck-battles. He also failed to move his feet while looking for an outlet pass. This inability to create passing lanes accounted for a disappointing 43% passing efficiency in the defensive-zone. That said, this is nothing that a little confidence won't cure.
|EVENTS/ MIN||1.73||EVENTS/ MIN|
Dietz had an average neutral-zone risk/reward rating. He completed 1 of 2 neutral-zone pass-attempts. The limited pass-attempts in the n-zone point to Dietz's inability to carry the puck up ice from the defensive-zone during the game scouted. The best part of his neutral-zone game was his ability to make solid decisions with the puck, as he was successful with all 4 of his attempted dump-ins.
|EV/ MIN||0.40||EVENTS/ MIN|
Raw Data from 2-1 win over the Vancouver Giants on November 30th, 2011
|SKI +||SKI +|
|PK DUMP+||1||PK DUMP+|
|PK DUMP-||PK DUMP-|
|PS THRU||PS THRU|
|OZ PS BL||OZ PS BL|
|POINTS X2||POINTS X2|