This post will focus on each Montreal Canadiens player's ability to help create scoring chances for their team, as well as their propensity to give up scoring chances against. For an event to be judged a scoring chance, a player must either score, or get a shot on net. A player doesn't necessarily have to be the player taking the shot to be credited with a scoring chance, he simply has to have been directly involved; either by creating the turnover, or completing a pass.
How to read the graph:
- The higher the bubble is, the more scoring chances that player helped create per-minute of even-strength ice-time
- The further to the right the bubble is, the more scoring chances that player was directly responsible for giving up per-minute of ice-time
- The bigger the bubble is, the more ice-time that player had at even-strength
- A bubble closer to the upper left of the graph represents a player performing well within this metric
Rookie Nathan Beaulieu helped create the most scoring chances per-minute played, but saw limited ice-time. Among those players with significant even-strength ice-time, PK Subban helped create the most ES scoring chances per-minute. It's interesting to note that both Beaulieu and Subban were also among the leaders in even-strength points per-minute played.
Davis Drewiske (limited ice-time) helped produce the third-most scoring chances per-minute, while Andrei Markov helped produce the fourth-most. Unfortunately, Markov produced the fewest even-strength points per-minute played among d-men; despite his high scoring chance numbers. Raphael Diaz helped produce the fewest scoring chances per-minute played.
In terms of scoring chances against, Tinordi was directly responsible for more scoring chances against per-minute than any other Montreal d-man. Fellow rookie Beaulieu was responsible for the second-most. Among veterens, Markov was responsible for the most scoring chances against per-minute, followed closely by defense-partner Alexei Emelin.
The top performers in this category were Francis Bouillon, Josh Gorges, and Subban. These three players were responsible for the fewest scoring chances against per-minute played, respectively.
David Desharnais helped produce the most scoring chances per-minute among Montreal centres. Lars Eller produced the second-most, while Tomas Plekanec produced the third-most. Ryan White, who saw limited ice-time, helped produce the fewest scoring chances per-minute of any Montreal forward.
Jeff Halpern was directly responsible for the fewest scoring chances against per-minute; despite a high d-zone start percentage. Tomas Plekanec was directly responsible for the most ES scoring chances against per-minute played. That said, it's important to see the big-picture, as Plekanec also played against the highest level of competition of any Montreal centre.
Rookie Brendan Gallagher helped produce the most even-strength scoring chances per-minute of ice-time of any Montreal player; slightly ahead of Max Pacioretty. Gabriel Dumont (limited ice-time) helped produce the third-most, while Alex Galchenyuk produced the fourth-most.
Travis Moen helped produce the fewest even-strength scoring chances of any Montreal winger, while Brian Gionta helped produce the second-fewest. Three rookies were directly responsible for giving up the most scoring chances per-minute. Dumont was responsible for the most, followed by Galchenyuk and Gallagher. This is a great example of how experience and solid defense are often related.
Brandon Prust was directly responsible for the fewest scoring chances against per-minute, while Pacioretty was responsible for the second-fewest.