NHL Zone Entry Data: Winnipeg Jets Seasonal Review

Bruce Fedyck - USA TODAY Sports

Let's take a look at the seasonal results after recording Jets' zone entry attempts.

Part way through the season we started recording Jets zone entries at even strength and their affects on Corsi for our post-game reviews. The way in which we recorded the information evolved as time went on. Due to this truncated time (and that two of the games being partially missed) the sample size is unfortunately only twelve games (minus two periods).

Here is how things break down:

For dump-ins, misconnected passes in the neutral zone and line-change dump-ins were not counted. The player selected is the player who dumped the puck. A success is determined if the Winnipeg Jets recover possession in the offensive zone.

For carry-ins, the player selected is the player who crossed the blue line with the puck. A success in carry-ins is a tad more wishy-washy, but it's about 3 solid strides into the zone of full unchallenged possession.

This data is only based off the eyes of the author, so it is safe to say there may be some sample bias.

Individual Players Data:

GP Carry Success Carry Fail Carry Corsi Dump Success Dump Fail Dump Corsi
Evander Kane 12 59 6 51 8 10 8
Blake Wheeler 12 66 5 57 5 9 3
Bryan Little 12 19 2 22 8 5 7
Andrew Ladd 12 32 7 30 6 3 4
Olli Jokinen 10 17 2 12 4 7 9
Nik Antropov 6 7 0 8 0 2 0
Alexander Burmistrov 12 31 2 31 13 2 12
Antti Miettinen 7 5 2 6 1 6 0
Kyle Wellwood 11 26 4 22 4 5 3
Mike Santorelli 7 12 1 10 5 2 2
James Wright 7 8 3 5 6 6 4
Eric Tangradi 12 26 2 23 11 6 13
Chris Thorburn 12 4 3 3 5 2 5

*players are in average ES TOI/GP order

*Cormier and Gagnon's data was removed as their TOI and GP were both significantly smaller than the other players

Interesting but lets place the data per game to even the playing field (a bit):

CarSuc/GP CarFail/GP CarCor/GP DumpSuc/GP DumpFail/GP DumpCor/GP
Kane 4.92 0.50 4.25 0.67 0.83 0.67
Wheeler 5.50 0.42 4.75 0.42 0.75 0.25
Little 1.58 0.17 1.83 0.67 0.42 0.58
Ladd 2.67 0.58 2.50 0.50 0.25 0.33
Jokinen 1.70 0.20 1.20 0.40 0.70 0.90
Antropov 1.17 0.00 1.33 0.00 0.33 0.00
Burmistrov 2.58 0.17 2.58 1.08 0.17 1.00
Miettinen 0.71 0.29 0.86 0.14 0.86 0.00
Wellwood 2.36 0.36 2.00 0.36 0.45 0.27
Santorelli 1.71 0.14 1.43 0.71 0.29 0.29
Wright 1.14 0.43 0.71 0.86 0.86 0.29
Tangradi 2.17 0.17 1.92 0.92 0.50 1.08
Thorburn 0.33 0.25 0.25 0.42 0.17 0.42
  • the data seems to support what many at AIH were saying about the under utilization of Burmistrov and Wellwood
  • the data seems to say that Tangradi was a lot stronger in pushing the play forward than players like Jokinen, Wright and co.
  • it should be noted that Tangradi's ZE data exploded after he was placed on a line with one of either Wellwood or Burmistrov... hmmmm....

Well let us take a look at how players attempted zone entries and how much success extended from their attempts:

CASuc% CorRelCA CAvsDu%
Kane 91% 0.78 78%
Wheeler 93% 0.80 84%
Little 90% 1.05 62%
Ladd 82% 0.77 81%
Jokinen 89% 0.63 63%
Antropov 100% 1.14 78%
Burmistrov 94% 0.94 69%
Miettinen 71% 0.86 50%
Wellwood 87% 0.73 77%
Santorelli 92% 0.77 65%
Wright 73% 0.45 48%
Tangradi 93% 0.82 62%
Thorburn 57% 0.43 50%

*CASucc% = amount of successful carry-ins relative to attempts
*CorRelCA = amount of Corsi events relative to carry-in attempts
*CAvsDu% = percentage of carry-in attempts relative to all attempts
  • Antropov's data is a little skewed from only 6 games played, although Miettinen, Santorelli and Wright only played one more
  • although this doesn't break down each individual circumstance and what is going on, it appears that players like Jokinen, Burmistrov, Santorelli and Tangradi should actually carry the puck in more and chip it in less
  • although this doesn't show all neutral zone situations, it does go against the MSM stream in regards to Burmistrov narrative about him: carrying the puck too often into the attack zone, not dumping it often enough, and when he does gain zone entry nothing comes from it

Now let us look how the team did as a whole:

Attempts Success Failures Corsi Shots Goals
Carry Totals 351 312 39 280 145 20
per attempt 0.89 0.11 0.80 0.41 0.06
Dump Totals 141 76 65 70 28 4
per attempt 0.54 0.46 0.50 0.20 0.03
  • similar to Eric T results at nhlnumbers.com, carry attempts result in far greater chance Corsi events
  • interestingly enough, the percentage of Corsi events that result in shots and goals is much greater for carry-ins than chip-and-chase
While this type of analysis at AIH is still in its infancy, it is exciting to see the greater depth we may be learning from such information.


As always, comment below on your thoughts of the data and any ideas you have for next year on what you would like done with this...
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