The Charts of Patrik Elias' Primary & Secondary Assists in 2011-12

Patrik Elias: Heads up, tongue out, usually ready to make a play. - Alan Maglaque-US PRESSWIRE

This post is a follow-up to the reviews of Patrik Elias' primary and secondary assists from the past season, featuring the two charts used to put both reviews together.

With training camp very likely kicking off tomorrow, I figure now is a good time as any to tie up a loose end from two posts I did during this lockout. Not too long ago, I decided to closely review each and every one of the assists credited to Patrik Elias from the 2011-12 regular season and playoffs. When I think of a "playmaker" on the roster, Elias is the first one to come to mind. His assist totals from last season justified He led the Devils in the regular season in assists with 52 and he was very close to being the team leader for the season and playoffs with 55.

I did this kind of review of Ilya Kovalchuk's assists first because he had just a few more even though I intended to do it with Elias. I'm glad I did decide to do it for him as I was pleased with what I discovered. For example, the vast majority of Elias' twenty secondary assists came from legitimate passes; his totals weren't boosted by too many cheap ones. For a second example, I realized not all of those secondary assists were to the teammate who got the primary assists. I wonder whether those should actually count for a secondary assist at all? For a third example, I identified that only five Devils scored more than two goals off Elias' assists last season and playoffs. They are David Clarkson (11, 8 from primaries, 3 from secondaries), Petr Sykora (11, 7 from primaries, 4 from secondaries), Zach Parise (10, 7 from primaries, 3 from secondaries), Kovalchuk (10, 6 from primaries, 4 from secondaries), and Dainius Zubrus (7, 4 from primaries, 3 from secondaries). You'll note that two of them aren't Devils right now and Clarkson's not likely going to repeat his goalscoring ways like last season. In the interest of showing my work, the following are the two charts I put together that led to each post.

The following is the secondary assist chart. Elias had twenty of these, all in the 2011-12 regular season. All assists were captured in the NHL.com video of the goals he helped on.

Date Assist To Goal By Type Pass? To Primary? Situation Video
10/15/11 Tallinder Kovalchuk Cross-ice Pass Yes Yes PP Link
10/25/11 Greene Zubrus Board Pass Yes No ES Link
11/8/11 Volchenkov Zubrus Cross-ice Pass Yes Yes ES Link
11/11/11 Zubrus Larsson Centering Pass Yes Yes ES Link
11/12/11 Zubrus Sykora Faceoff Win Yes Yes ES Link
11/23/11 Larsson Zubrus Board Pass Yes Yes ES Link
12/6/11 Parise Clarkson Corner Pass Yes Yes PP Link
12/12/11 Salvador Sykora Point Pass Yes Yes ES Link
12/23/11 Foster Kovalchuk Faceoff Win Yes No PP Link
1/17/12 Tallinder Sykora Pass Yes No ES Link
1/19/12 Zubrus Sykora Faceoff Win No No ES Link
2/2/12 Kovalchuk Parise Centering Pass Yes Yes ES Link
2/7/12 Parise Clarkson Corner Pass Yes Yes PP Link
2/26/12 Kovalchuk Parise Corner Pass Yes No PP Link
3/2/12 Clarkson Parise Centering Pass Yes Yes PP Link
3/6/12 Sykora Clarkson Cross-ice Pass Yes No ES Link
3/8/12 Zidlicky Kovalchuk Centering Pass Yes Yes PP Link
3/20/12 Zidlicky Kovalchuk Missed Shot No Yes PP Link
3/29/12 Kovalchuk Zidlicky Faceoff Win Yes No PP Link
4/3/12 Parise Zajac Corner Pass Yes Yes PP Link

Here's the other, larger chart for Elias' primary assists. Elias had 33 of these in the 2011-12 regular season and all three of his assists in the playoffs.

Date Assist To? Type Pass? Situation Video
10/10/11 Parise Shot Deflected No ES Link
10/29/11 Sykora Faceoff Win Yes ES Link
11/3/11 Clarkson Centering Pass Yes ES Link
11/8/11 Sykora Faceoff Win Yes ES Link
11/16/11 Kovalchuk Point Pass Yes PP Link
11/21/11 Zubrus Centering Pass Yes ES Link
12/8/11 Zubrus Centering Pass Yes SH Link
12/16/11 Clarkson Pass Yes ES Link
12/28/11 Sykora Drop Pass Yes ES Link
12/28/11 Sykora Centering Pass Yes ES Link
12/31/11 Clarkson Rebound No PP Link
12/31/11 Parise Centering Pass Yes ES - EN Link
1/6/12 Kovalchuk Centering Pass Yes ES Link
1/6/12 Parise Touch No ES - EN Link
1/7/12 Zubrus Centering Pass Yes PP Link
1/11/12 Parise Centering Pass Yes PP Link
1/17/12 Clarkson Corner Pass Yes ES Link
1/31/12 Kovalchuk Centering Pass Yes PP Link
2/4/12 Foster Cross-ice Pass Yes PP Link
2/4/12 Foster Point Pass Yes PP Link
2/5/12 Kovalchuk Centering Pass Yes ES Link
2/14/12 Kovalchuk Cross-ice Pass Yes PP Link
2/19/12 Clarkson Shot Deflected No ES Link
2/21/12 Clarkson Touch No ES Link
2/24/12 Clarkson Centering Pass Yes ES Link
3/11/12 Parise Centering Pass Yes PP Link
3/17/12 Sykora Rebound No ES Link
3/29/12 Zubrus Cross-ice Pass Yes SH Link
3/31/12 Clarkson Cross-ice Pass Yes PP Link
3/31/12 Sykora Faceoff Win Yes ES Link
4/5/12 Sykora Centering Pass Yes ES Link
4/7/12 Kovalchuk Pass Yes PP Link
4/29/12 Parise Pass Yes ES Link
5/3/12 Parise Pass Yes ES Link
5/30/12 Volchenkov Rebound No ES Link

Elias really was a straw that stirred the drink for the Devils last season. You'll see that in watching all or even of these videos. I invite you to check out those posts ahead of the upcoming 2013 season. I wanted to put it up last weekend, but the announcement of a tentative agreement took precedence. Don't worry, we'll get into the schedule and other 2013 matters in very-near-future posts. Thank you for reading.

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