Tracking players risk/reward rating during each game allows us to track their play over the course of an entire season. By plotting each game along a graph, we can establish a trendline on the player's performance over the course of the entire season.
David Desharnais had a career season. He led the team in assist, while establishing himself as the teams top offensive-centreman.
Desharnais ended the season with the tenth-best even-strength
risk/reward among forwards. That said, he had the team's best offensive-zone passing-percentage.
Desharnais ability to pass the puck was a key ingredient in his line's success. It mixed well with Cole's physical play, and Pacioretty's ability to recover loose-pucks.
trendline shows a impressive consistency.
It also reflects a slight decrease in performance at the end of the season. Many of
the Canadiens players have a mid-season dip.
The graph also
reflects an increase in consistency closer to the end of the season, as
the gap in game-to-game risk/reward ratings becomes smaller. The
beginning of the season saw Desharnais' rating increase or drop over 1.2
point from game-to- game, while the game-to-game change fell to less
than 0.75 points nearer the end of the season.
Desharnias never produced only one negative risk/reward rating. He earned a risk/reward rating above 2.00 in 5 games, while he
had a risk/reward rating below 0.50 thirteen times.That said, his even-strength risk/reward rating fell below 0.50 only 3 times in the season's last 35 games.