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.
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.
The final column displays how many pass attempts each player took in order to generate a shot attempt. You’ll also see totals for each position group (defenseman and forwards) for all stats.
Mark Fayne (45%) missed on more passes then he completed in his own zone, so I guess this means we won't see him again for three weeks. Peter Harrold (50%) has not been that impressive based on passing data thus far, so I'd like to see Fayne get a few games to see what he can do. Anton Volchenkov and Bryce Salvador were the most efficient in the defensive zone tonight, going 9 for 10 and 8 for 10 respectively.
Not much happened for the defensemen in the neutral or offensive zone tonight, which isn't surprising due to the lack of shots, though Marek Zidlicky did generate two shot attempts. Danius Zubrus was a beast in the offensive zone tonight, going 9 for 9 and generating 5 shot attempts. Andre Loktionov continues to be an efficient passer connecting on all of his passes in the neutral and offensive zone and generating two shot attempts. Jacob Josefson was efficient, completing 6 of 7 total passes across all three zones. Rostislav Olesz made the most of his opportunity and played well in the offensive zone (6 of 7 and 3 SAG).
Overall, the team wasn't that efficient in their own zone. I noticed as I recorded the stats this morning that a lot of passes hit people and bounced off sticks and skates. It makes sense that an aggressive forecheck and hitting type of game would interrupt passing lanes and force some sloppy play. There were a lot of blind swings at pucks and several attempts to just get the puck out of the zone rather than pass it to a teammate. It'll be interesting to see Nick's zone exit data.
Every 10 games or so, I’ll post a separate article looking at overall play up to that point.
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