I'm going to include this summary of the stats to help explain them better going forward. I'll do the same thing for the zone exits. This will be the standard style and then my thoughts after the charts.
Passing Data Explained
Pass: A reasonable and deliberate attempt to get the puck to a teammate. This excludes zone clears, dump-ins, and anything that is akin to a desperate swipe at a loose puck. If a player passes a puck into space or off the boards, it finds a teammate, and it appears it was done deliberately, that shall be a pass.
What you see below is a chart illustrating pass completions, pass attempts, and pass percentages for each player in all three zones. A pass that goes across a zone or two will be marked as occurring in the zone it originates from. For example, a pass from the defensive zone to the neutral zone will be marked as a pass in the D-Zone columns. Additionally, you’ll see data totals for each group of players for each zone. This will help answer questions such as, “Was the entire team off tonight? Or just a few players?”
Each completed pass that results in a shot taken by a teammate counts as one “shot attempt generated” or “SAG” in the chart below. This is tracked to attempt to determine which teammates are better at generating opportunities to shoot. Not all shot attempts are generated from passes, so these numbers will not be an exact match to Corsi and Fenwick ratios.
The final column displays how many pass attempts each player took in order to generate a shot attempt. For the SAG and Pass Attempts per SAG columns, there are totals for each position group (defenseman and forwards).
What you'll notice here, as compared to previous charts, is there the forwards are typically averaging 7 to 7.5 passes per shot attempt generated. What does this mean? I have no idea yet, but it's interesting to notice patterns develop as I track this. If you're wondering, the defense as a whole average between 14 - 19 passes per SAG.
Everyone pretty much sucked in the D-zone against Vancouver, but Anton Volchenkov was a surprising 6 for 6 in his own zone. Patrik Elias and Jaromir Jagr were quite busy in all three zones and were easily the most impressive forwards on the night.
I can sort of understand Peter Deboer's decision to maybe demote Andrei Loktionov for a game. He's in there to generate offense and this was his quietest game on the season. His passes per SAG was 2.13, 4, and 4.67 in the first three games. That blew up to 9 against Vancouver. Clearly he was not effective enough driving the play. Although, he was good enough in the other three games that I don't think he should be stuck in the press box so early in the season.
But that's Deboer for ya.
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