March 30, 2012; Raleigh, NC, USA; Winnipeg Jets defensemen Dustin Byfuglien (33) takes a slap shot against the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC center. The Jets defeated the Hurricanes 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-US PRESSWIRE
The Pilot's Logbook looks at the performances of regular Jets players over the course of 2011-12, primarily through time on-ice and Gabe's player performance charts.
As we shift over to defencemen, I'm also going to shift over the charts a bit. For the time on-ice charts, instead of showing the team high and the player's TOI, I'm going to use charts similar to what I used here. Basically, the player's TOI line is expressed as a percentage of the team high TOI at either 5v5, 5v4, or 4v5; thus, 100% means that player was the top TOI, and as you go down they were getting less, relative to the top. This should make for some smoother, more coherent lines - I also included (in ghostly grey) the TOI lines of the player's fellow defencemen, for reference.
Dustin Byfuglien seems like a good choice to first demonstrate these new charts, as we know he'll show both extremes (a lot of use at 5v4 and 5v5, very little use at 4v5). For me, he's such an enigmatic figure (How can that be? He's not Russian!); an incredibly plus Corsi player who is visibly bad in his own end. My working theory is that he pours shots on and around the net, driving his offensive contributions up high enough to mitigate the defensive game. Closer to the truth, he and Tobias Enstrom make for a dynamite offensive-defensive pairing, and the combination of positive possession and favorable zone starts keeps their shots-against at reasonable levels. Criticize all you want, but that's exactly what you'd want a player to do with those minutes.
|GP||G||A||P||+/-||PIM||PPP||SHP||SOG||5v5 TOI/60 (D Rk of 8)||5v4 TOI||4v5 TOI|
|2011 - Dustin Byfuglien||66||12||41||53||-8||72||19||1||223||19.28 (1st)||3.27 (1st)||0.41 (8th)|
Kind of crazy to see that Bustin was getting unlucky for over half the year.