Pass: A reasonable and deliberate attempt to get the puck to a teammate which maintains possession or results in a shot attempt. 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. When in doubt, common sense will prevail.
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).
Every 10 games or so, I’ll post a separate article looking at overall play up to that point.
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Bryce Salvador and Anton Volchenkov were the only defensemen above 70% passing in their own zone (81% and 85% respectively). I'm thinking of just doing one post for each game and going over zone exits and passing data in the same FanPost. This was I can address turnovers, exits, and passing all in one as I feel some of the data may be related. I'll still post the zone exits in the gamethread for all games going forward.