This post will focus on successful offensive and defensive-touches in the offensive-zone, as well as scoring chances created per-minute of even-strength ice-time. The goal is to show which players contributed the most successful defensive-touches per-minute, which players had the most successful o-zone touches per-minute, and how that impacted the amount of scoring chances they helped create.
An offensive-touch is described as an event that occurs when the player being tracked has possession of the puck. Offensive-zone o-touches used in this calculation include; shots on net, completed passes, and successful dekes.
A defensive-touch is described as an event that occurs when a player attempts to remove puck-possession from the opposition. Offensive-zone d-touches used in this calculation include; successful stick-checks, successful body checks, and blocked opposition passes or dump-outs. For a stick or body check to be deemed successful, the opposition player being checked must lose possession of the puck.
The graphs included here are separated by position. The top graph shows returning defensemen who played last season. The second shows returning centremen, while the third shows returning wingers.
- The further the player's bubble is to the right, the more successful offensive-touches they had per-minute
- The higher the player's bubble is, the more successful defensive-touches they had per-minute
- The bigger the bubble is, the more scoring chances they helped create per-minute
I included players such as Jarred Tinordi, Nathan Beaulieu, and Davis Drewiske only for the sake of observation. They did not play enough even-strength minutes last season to produce enough events to make their numbers representative.
Among those d-men who played significant minutes last season, PK Subban produced the most successful offensive-touches in the offensive-zone, while also helping to create the most scoring chances per-minute played. Subban also produced only the fourth-most successful d-touches.
Outside of Tinordi, Andrei Markov had the most successful d-touches in the offensive-zone per-minute, while defensive-partner Alexei Emelin had the second-most. It's important to note (although it doesn't appear in this graph) that the three player's with the most successful d-touches in the offensive-zone (Tinordi, Markov, Emelin) also produced the most scoring-chances against per-minute played. This is likely a reflection of a willingness to pinch-in at the defensive-zone. And failed pinch-ins often result in scoring-chances against.
Lars Eller produced the most successful offensive and defensive-touches per-minute played among Montreal centres. That said, it was David Desharnais that helped produce the most scoring-chances per-minute played.
Ryan White produced more successful d-touches per-minute than Plekanec, but had far less offensive-touches and scoring chances than Montreal's other centres.
Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher both produced the most successful offensive-touches per-minute played, as well as the most scoring chances. Gabriel Dumont's number are not reflective, due to a low event total.
Brian Gionta's numbers show how successful he is forechecking, as only Pacioretty produced more successful d-touches per-minute played. Unfortunately, they also demonstrate Gionta's struggles creating offense. Alex Galchenyuk produced the third-most scoring chances per-minute, while contributing the fourth most o-touches.
Rene Bourque's forechecking numbers (d-touches) are the lowest among wingers with substantial minutes played, while Travis Moen produced the fewest successful o-touches; a result reflected in Moen's low scoring-chance total.