Murray is a left-handed defenseman who has been playing on the right-side through most of the tournament. He's getting a regular shift, and playing on the top penalty-killing unit. The 6'0" 198 lbs defenseman is the youngest player on Canada's roster. He has 3 goals and 4 assists through 11 games with Everett of the WHL.
Pearson is a 6'0", 185 lbs forward who has gone undrafted through 2 NHL drafts. He currently leads the OHL in scoring with 26 goals and 40 assists through only 30 games. He already has 24 more points than he scored all of last season. He started the tournament as Canada's 13th forward, but has been consistently used on the top powerplay unit.
This report is from Canada's 8-1 win over Finland on December 26th.
Pearson's offensive output carried his grade. He had 2 points to go along with a plus-1 traditional plus/minus and 5 shots on goal. Murray had 1 shot on goal, as his grade was carried by some strong work on the penalty-kill.
OVERALL RISK/REWARD RATING
Pearson had an overall risk/reward rating of 1.97 to go along with an overall ratio of 3.56 successful plays for every 1 mistake or lost puck-battle. His best rating was produced in the offensive-zone, and he was involved in 3.50 events per-minute of ice-time.
Murray's best work was done in the defensive-zone. He had an overall risk/reward rating of 1.04, while earning an overall ratio of 1.80 successful plays for every 1 mistake or lost puck-battle. Murray was slightly more involved in the play; engaging in 3.65 events per-minute of ice-time.
|EVENTS/ MIN||3.50||3.65||EVENTS/ MIN|
OFFENSIVE-ZONE RISK/REWARD RATING
Forwards generally have far better offensive-zone risk/reward ratings than defensemen, so it's no surprise that Pearson's rating is higher. Pearson was very involved in the offensive-zone, as he engaged in 2.14 offensive-zone events per-minute of ice-time. He had an o-zone rating of 1.28 to go along with an incredible offensive ratio of 4 successful plays for every 1 mistake or lost puck-battle. He won 2 of his 4 o-zone puck-battles, recovered 7 loose-pucks, and completed all 7 of his attempted passes. He was also able to get all 3 of his attempted shots through to the net.
Murray's offensive-zone forays were limited. He engaged in only 0.57 offensive-zone events per-minute of ice-time. He had an o-zone rating of 0.13 and an offensive-zone ratio of 1.67 successful plays for every 1 mistake or lost puck-battle. He recovered 3 loose-pucks, but was successful with only 1 of his 3 o-zone passes.
|OZ POS||20||5||OZ POS|
|OZ NEG||5||3||OZ NEG|
|EVENTS/ MIN||2.14||0.52||EVENTS/ MIN|
DEFENSIVE-ZONE RISK/REWARD RATING
As a defenseman, Murray has a solid advantage in defensive-zone risk/reward ratings. He engaged in over 3 times as many d-zone events as Pearson. Murray had a d-zone rating of 0.65 to go along with d-zone ratio of 1.56 successful plays for every 1 mistake or lost puck-battle. He won only 3 of 7 d-zone puck-battles, but recovered 7 loose-pucks. He completed 8 of 15 defensive-zone passes, while blocking 3 shots and 4 opposition passes.
|DZ POS||5||28||DZ POS|
|DZ NEG||4||18||DZ NEG|
|EVENTS/ MIN||0.77||3.00||EVENTS/ MIN|
NEUTRAL-ZONE RISK/REWARD RATING
Pearson had a neutral-zone risk/reward rating of 0.43 and a neutral-zone ratio of 3.5 successful plays for every 1 mistake or lost puck-battle. He successfully dumped the puck deep into the offensive-zone 4 times, while completing 1 of his 2 n-zone passes.
Murray had a neutral-zone risk/reward rating of 0.20. All of his neutral-zone events were successful, as he recovered 1 loose-puck, while dumping the puck deep into the offensive-zone twice.
|NZ POS||7||3||NZ POS|
|NZ NEG||2||0||NZ NEG|
|EV/ MIN||0.77||0.20||EV/ MIN|
POWERPLAY RISK/REWARD RATING
Murray was not used on the powerplay.
Pearson had an impressive powerplay risk/reward rating of 6.67, and all of his powerplay events were successful. He won one puck-battle, recovered 2 loose-pucks and completed all 5 of his PP pass-attempts.
|EVENTS/ MIN||6.67||EVENTS/ MIN|
SHORT-HANDED RISK/REWARD RATING
Pearson was not used short-handed.
Murray was used on the top penalty-killing unit. He had an impressive short-handed risk/reward rating of 2.70, and a SH ratio of 3.5 successful plays for every 1 mistake or lost puck-battle. He won 2 SH puck-battles, recovered 1 loose-puck, and competed 1 d-zone pass. He was also successful with 1 of his 2 attempts to dump the puck out of the defensive-zone.
|EVENTS/ MIN||4.86||EVENTS/ MIN|