The Charts of Ilya Kovalchuk's Primary & Secondary Assists in 2011-12

Ilya Kovalchuk and the man who finished 17 of his 57 assists, Zach Parise. - Chris Chambers

This post is a follow-up to the review of Ilya Kovalchuk's primary and secondary assists, featuring the two charts used to put both reviews together.

Over the past week, I wrote two posts focusing on the primary and secondary assists by Ilya Kovalchuk in 2011-12. I chose Ilya Kovalchuk as he had the most assists on the team including the 2011-12 regular season and 2012 playoffs. I looked at assists because I wanted to see how many came from legitimate passes, when they happened, what kind of passes they were, and who scored off the assist. I found out that the majority of Kovalchuk's 57 assists were from legitimate passes. Sixteen weren't, and the differences in the types between the eight non-pass primary and eight non-pass secondary assists were clear. Combined, it's proof that Kovalchuk's points weren't too inflated by "cheap" assist counts. Combined, they speak to Kovalchuk's ability to make plays happen - which is just as much a part of scoring in hockey as actually scoring the goal. Something Kovalchuk also led the team in the regular season and playoffs combined last season.

I didn't include either chart in either post so the focus would be on the findings from reviewing each assist. This post corrects that omission. Consider it a post-Christmas present, a Boxing Day data dump, or just providing how I came up with both posts.

First, here's the secondary assist chart. Kovalchuk had 26 of these, 25 of them actually have video from NHL.com that shows his involvement in the play, and the summary and findings of this chart is in this post.

Date Assist To Goal By Type Pass? Situation Video
11/2/11 Larsson Elias Centering pass Yes PP Link
11/3/11 Henrique Parise Missed shot No ES Link
11/26/11 Parise Henrique Turnover No ES Link
12/3/11 Parise Henrique Pass Yes ES Link
12/13/11 Tallinder Parise Centering pass Yes ES Link
12/16/11 Larsson Parise Cross-ice pass Yes ES Link
12/23/11 Zajac Urbom Board pass Yes ES Link
12/31/11 Elias Clarkson Cross-ice pass Yes PP Link
12/31/11 Elias Parise Turnover No ES - EN Link
1/7/12 Elias Zubrus Cross-ice pass Yes PP Link
1/11/12 Elias Parise Rebound No PP Link
2/2/12 Zubrus Parise Up-ice pass Yes ES Link
2/4/12 Elias Foster Pass Yes PP Link
2/4/12 Elias Foster Pass Yes PP Link
2/14/12 Henrique Sykora Unknown No PP Link
2/21/12 Henrique Fayne Rebound No? ES Link
3/6/12 Josefson Carter Up-ice pass Yes ES Link
3/11/12 Clarkson Elias Up-ice pass Yes PP Link
3/19/12 Zidlicky Sykora Pass Yes ES Link
3/31/12 Elias Clarkson Board pass Yes PP Link
4/17/12 Zajac Parise Missed shot No ES Link
4/29/12 Parise Zajac Dump-in No PP Link
5/3/12 Zidlicky Elias Centering pass Yes PP Link
5/6/12 Salvador Zidlicky Cross-ice pass Yes ES Link
5/8/12 Henrique Salvador Up-ice pass Yes ES Link
5/23/12 Henrique Elias Cross-ice pass Yes ES Link

Second, here's the primary assist chart. Kovalchuk had 31 in 2011-12, including the playoffs. Here's the post with all of the primary assist findings from the videos available through this chart.

Date Assist To? Type Pass? Situation Video
10/10/11 Fayne Cross-ice Pass Yes ES Link
10/10/11 Parise Up-ice pass Yes PP - EN Link
10/21/11 Elias Cross-ice pass Yes PP Link
10/22/11 Elias Centering pass Yes SH Link
11/3/11 Henrique Cross-ice pass Yes ES Link
11/26/11 Larsson Drop pass Yes ES Link
12/13/11 Elias Centering pass Yes ES Link
12/17/11 Elias Cross-ice Pass Yes PP Link
12/17/11 Zubrus Up-ice pass Yes PP Link
1/10/12 Elias Cross-ice Pass Yes PP Link
2/2/12 Clarkson Shot deflected No PP Link
2/2/12 Parise Shot deflected No PP Link
2/5/12 Volchenkov Centering pass Yes ES Link
2/5/12 Zubrus Rebound No SH Link
2/9/12 Parise Cross-ice Pass Yes PP Link
2/9/12 Elias Centering pass Yes ES Link
2/17/12 Henrique Rebound No ES Link
2/19/12 Parise Shot deflected No ES Link
2/26/12 Parise Cross-ice Pass Yes ES Link
3/1/12 Parise Cross-ice Pass Yes ES Link
3/2/12 Parise Rebound No ES Link
3/10/12 Zidlicky Cross-ice Pass Yes PP Link
3/11/12 Volchenkov Cross-ice Pass Yes ES Link
3/17/12 Greene Drop pass Yes ES Link
3/29/12 Zidlicky Drop pass Yes PP Link
3/31/12 Parise Cross-ice Pass Yes ES Link
4/24/12 Zajac Cross-ice Pass Yes ES Link
5/3/12 Ponikarovsky Up-ice pass Yes ES Link
5/21/12 Parise Rebound No PP Link
5/23/12 Parise Pass Yes ES - EN Link
5/25/12 Henrique Touch No ES Link

After putting up the two posts about Kovalchuk's assists, one additional suggestion comes to mind. It would be great if the official play-by-play report denotes the type of assist. They already do that for goals, such as whether it was a tip-in, a slap shot, a snap shot or a wrist shot. It wouldn't have to be complex. Something simple such as whether it was a pass, a shot for a deflection, or off a turnover. I think it would help sort out how goals are being developed beyond a simple count. I can't say I'm confident we'll see this kind of change, but it's a thought. Anyway, please peruse the video links at your leisure. Thank you for reading.

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