Offensive-zone Success-rates when attempting to remove or acquire puck-possession
Focusing on a player's defensive-rating in the offensive-zone may seem contradictory, but it's actually an attempt at rating each player's ability to create turnovers in the offensive-zone. Players that rate high in this category are generally a team's best forecheckers.
Events used in this calculation include; offensive-zone puck-battle wins, offensive-zone puck-battle losses, offensive-zone loose-puck recoveries, lost races to loose-pucks in the offensive-zone, blocked or intercepted loose-pucks in the offensive-zone, and successful stick checks.
Ryan White had the highest forechecking success-rate. White was successful with 76% of his attempts to acquire or remove puck-possession from the opposition in the offensive-zone.
Seven other Canadiens forwards had success-rates at, or above 70% when forechecking in the offensive-zone. Those players include; Brian Gionta (72%), Andrei Kostitsyn (71%), Mathieu Darche (72%), Max Pacioretty (75%), Louis Leblanc (72%), Erik Cole (73%), and Lars Eller (71%).
Andreas Engqvist had the lowest forechecking success-rate. Engqvist was successful with only 64% of his attempts to remove or acquire puck-possession from the opposition in the offensive-zone.
Five Habs forwards had success-rates below 68% when forechecking. Those players include; Petteri Nokelainen (67%), Travis Moen (67%), Micheal Blunden (67%), David Desharnais (67%), and Aaron Palushaj (66%).
Gabriel Dumont did not engage in enough events to include him within this report.
The top defensemen in this category are generally the most successful defensemen when attempting to pinch-in at the offensive-blueline. Rookie Alexei Emelin led all Habs defensemen with an impressive 82% success-rate when attempting acquire or remove puck-possession from the opposition in the offensive-zone.
Two other Habs d-men had success-rates above 75%. They include; PK Subban (78%), and Andrei Markov (76%).
Two Canadiens defensemen were successful with less than 70% of their attempts to remove or acquire puck-possession from the opposition in the offensive-zone. They include Tomas Kaberle (69.8%), and Yannick Weber (68%).