Pilot's Logbook 2013-14: Winnipeg Jets Forwards on the Penalty Kill

Paul Bereswill

The Winnipeg Jets 2013-14 season has been laid to rest. This series will take an in-depth look how the team and its players have performed, and some decisions that could push the Jets forward in the future.

In part three of the penalty kill series, we take a look that the individual performance of the Winnipeg Jets penalty killing forwards. If you missed the piece on the team PK you can find it: here The piece on the Jets defenders can be found: here. As with the last piece, overall team numbers will be included as a point of reference.

TS PK% GF GA FF% FF/60 FA/60 SF% GF% Sh% Sv%
Value 291 83.2 5 47 15.70% 12.91% 69.13% 16.70% 9.60% 6.90% 86.90%
Rank 15 9 18 22 5 5 14 7 21 21 24

Again, nothing new here. The table has been copied and pasted out of a previous article to provides a baseline for what the players have accomplished individually.

Individual Forward's on Ice Stats:

Player Name TOI FF/60 FA/60 FF% GF GA On-Ice Sv% GA/60 SF/60 SA/60
Blake Wheeler 69:16:00 12.13 59.77 16.90% 0 7 863 6.02 9.5 37.8
Michael Frolik 103:56:00 15.01 61.19 19.70% 1 14 816 8.04 11.5 35.6
Olli Jokinen 40:24:00 11.88 63.86 15.70% 0 6 813 8.9 10.4 38.6
Jim Slater 48:09:00 16.2 67.29 19.40% 0 6 850 7.48 11.2 42.4
Matt Halischuk 44:21:00 16.24 70.35 18.80% 0 5 868 6.67 13.3 44
Andrew Ladd 158:30:00 9.465 70.79 11.80% 3 18 855 6.74 5.6 39.7
Bryan Little 173:29:00 10.72 72.29 12.90% 4 17 878 5.81 6.5 41.7
Evander Kane 113:55:00 13.7 72.68 15.90% 2 14 867 7.32 8.9 47.6
James Wright 129:20:00 15.77 75.62 17.30% 0 13 890 5.98 10.6 48.3

* Fenwick is simply shots and missed shots. It was used over Corsi so as to not punish players for shot blocking.

Thoughts:

  • The table is sorted by Fenwick (shots + missed shots) against.
  • All of the stats on the table are "on ice" numbers. They are subject to team effect and don't factor in the quality of linemates.
  • One or tow goals makes a huge difference in goal rates when you are talking 40-80 minutes and 50 ish shots on goal.
  • Adding Blake Wheeler to the penalty kill looks to have been a wise decision.
  • Matt Halischuk is a decent little penalty killer. He has performed well historically as well.
  • Why did Noel insist on playing James Wright a ton when Frolik was available? Less Wright means a more effective PK.
  • Kane's numbers are way down from a year ago, but that should be expected after a switch from Alexander Burmistrov to James Wright as a primary partner.
  • Primary parings were Kane-Wright, Ladd-Little, injuries and Paul Maurice caused some major jumbles down the stretch.
  • Ladd and Little weren't a dominant duo, but they were a threat to score. For what it is worth, they were also frequently paired with Jacob Trouba and Mark Stuart. Mark Stuart was the Jets' least effective shot suppressor on D. Amongst this quartet, the the cause and effected are unknown via numbers - feel free to speculate in the comment section.
There aren't any glaring issues with the Winnipeg Jets' penalty killing forwards. This was especially true when Paul Maurice took over and added skill players like Olli Jokinen and Blake Wheeler over James Wright. If Alex Burmistrov does in fact return things could get even better. Regardless, less PK is a big need.
All numbers are from Extra Skater, Behind the Net and Hockey Analysis
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