Sunday, September 8, 2013

Number of successful plays produced by each Habs player (broken down by zone)


Subban, Eller, and Pacioretty tops at their position

This post will focus on successful plays by zone. Included within the graphs are Montreal Canadiens players that played during the 2013 NHL season and could potentially return in 2013-14. The graphs are visual representations of where each player performed well, as well as where they were less-efficient.

It is important to note that zone-starts also have an impact on where players engage in their events.

In order for easier comparables, I have broken each graph down by position. Wingers generally engage in fewer defensive-events than centremen, while centremen engage in fewer d-zone events than defensemen.

Although included within the graphs, players such as Jarred Tinordi, Nathan Beaulieu, Davis Drewiske, and Gabriel Dumont did not play the minimum amount of even-strength minutes to produce reliable data.

How to read the graphs:
  • The further the player's bubble is to the right, the more successful offensive-zone events they produced per-minute played
  • The higher the player's bubble is, the more successful defensive-zone events they produce per-minute played
  • The bigger the player's bubble is, the more successful neutral-zone events they produced per-minute played
*only even-strength data was used

DEFENSEMEN

PK Subban's impressive performance last season is portrayed well in this graph. Among Habs defensemen, Subban produced substantially more successful plays in both the offensive and defensive-zones. Raphael Diaz produced the second-most successful plays in the defensive-zone, while Josh Gorges produced the third-most. Alexei Emelin produced the fewest successful plays in the defensive-zone per-minute played.

Andrei Markov was the second-most successful defenseman in the offensive-zone behind Subban, while rookies Nathan Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi produced the third and fourth-most successful plays in the offensive-zone. Davis Drewiske produced the fewest successful plays in the offensive-zone per-minute, but was the most successful d-man in the neutral-zone.






CENTREMEN

Lars Eller produced far-and-away the most successful plays in the offensive-zone among Montreal centremen. He also produced the most successful plays in the neutral-zone, and the second-most successful plays in the defensive-zone. Jeff Halpern produced the most successful plays in the defensive-zone. Ryan White produced the third-most successful plays in the d-zone, while David Desharnais produced the fewest successful plays in the defensive-zone per-minute played.

Desharnais did however produce the second-most successful plays in the offensive-zone per-minute played, while Thomas Plekanec produced the third-most. Halpern was the least successful centreman in the offensive-zone.






WINGERS

Max Pacioretty produced far more successful plays in the offensive-zone per-minute played than any other Montreal winger. While rookies Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk produced the second and third-most successful plays in the o-zone, respectively. Travis Moen produced the fewest successful plays in the offensive-zone per-minute played.

Gabriel Dumont had the most successful defensive-zone events per-minute played, but did not meet the minimum requirement for ice-time. Among wingers with substantial minutes played, Brandon Prust and Brian Gionta produced the most successful plays in the defensive-zone per-minute played.

Rene Bourque produced far-fewer successful plays in the defensive-zone per-minute played than any other winger, while only Travis Moen produced fewer successful events in the offensive-zone.







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