Jets' Powerplay TOI Charts: Season Progression, Forwards

March 30, 2012; Raleigh, NC, USA; Winnipeg Jets center Kyle Wellwood (13) celebrates his 3rd period goal with the bench against the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC center. The Jets defeated the Hurricanes 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-US PRESSWIRE

Graham floated a pretty good idea my way a couple of days ago, concerning providing TOI charts with multiple players to provide a visual comparison of their usage. At that point in time, I took a look at my TOI data and realized two things: 1.) I didn't use my TOI figures the way I really wanted to (to that point), and 2.) there are a lot of different ways to show this information that could be helpful.

To the first point: I remembered the way I planned on showing TOI over the season when I started putting it together earlier this year (about February). Rather than the raw TOI figures, which tend to fluctuate a lot even when presented as moving averages, I should express the TOI as a percentage of the top TOI total from game to game. This is more important with 5v4 and 4v5 TOI figures, because the amount a team spends in either situation from game-to-game will fluctuate quite a bit, exacerbating any smaller fluctuations due to usage. So I switched that over, and then using my magic visual touch, I came up with these:

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The x-axis are your games 1 through 82, the y is the percentage of the top TOI from game-to-game. I still wanted to isolate trends, so I'm showing a 10-game moving average; the grey lines are the other forwards that received 5v4 TOI. In this case, we're seeing Nik Antropov (notice on the right where it indicates whose line is black).

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Well, that would explain why Alexander Burmistrov's production tailed off - he lost his powerplay minutes (in the back of my mind, I think I knew that). I'm also kind of marveling at the dip in Blake Wheeler's time early in the year; I can't imagine they were anticipating he would finish as our top scorer. Also kind of nifty to see Tim Stapleton's time stay pretty steady from about the mid-point of the season. And now for my next trick...

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Kyle Wellwood, Evander Kane, and Alexander Burmistrov were all guys that spent a lot of time together at 5v5, but as we know their boxcars took different directions as the season wore on. This chart is a possible explanation. And how about these guys?

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Not to knock Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little, and Blake Wheeler, but these are some serious minutes - the kind of minutes where you'd expect all the forwards to get around 60 points in a season. I'm looking at you, Little Bryan.

Let me know in the comments if you want to see any other forward comparisons. Expect to see more of this in the future.

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