Pilot's Logbook 2013-14: Winnipeg Jets Defenders on the Powerplay

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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.

The Winnipeg Jets powerplay stunk, but it stands to reason that not all players stunk equally. Dustin Byfuglien for example is known for is powerplay prowess. In this piece we will take a look at he and other Winnipeg Jets defenders performed relative to eachother and the team totals.

Team Powerplay Numbers:

PP Opp PP% GF GA Goal Diff FF/60 FA/60 Sh% Sv%
Winnipeg Jets 259 15.4 34 7 27 70.44 9.81 10.4% 86.8%
Rank 20 25 27 22 28 17 13 21 24

Winnipeg Jets' Defenders On-Ine Numbers:

Player Name TOI FF/60 FA/60 FSh% FPDO TMFF/60 TMFA/60
Dustin Byfuglien 253:26 76.23 10.653 8.39 0.995 57.051 9.53
Tobias Enstrom 253:48 71.16 10.167 7.97 0.964 68.286 10.41
Jacob Trouba 127:22 66.89 9.894 7.04 0.975 68.880 9.24
Zach Bogosian 88:09 64.66 6.126 6.32 0.730 70.689 10.62

Thoughts:

  • There are some funny looking column titles there. All numbers are based on Fenwick. TMFF/60 is the team's Fenwick numbers while the listed player is off the ice. This offers a comparison from the on-ice FF/60 numbers.
  • A relatively small cast of characters was used on the powerplay. At times the team rotated a forward onto the point (four forwards, one defender), so nobody else got close to a significant sample of ice time.
  • Surprises!! Dustin Byfuglien was the Jets most dangerous powerplay defender. Toby Enstrom also remains good at his job.
  • It is of course worth mentioning that the first unit players should have better numbers than the second unit guys.
Of course on-ice numbers don't tell us the full story about a player's offensive contributions. Let's take a look at the player stats.

Individual Player Stats:

Player Name TOI G/60 A/60 Pts/60 Shots/60 iFen/60 IPP
Dustin Byfuglien 253:26 1.894 3.078 4.97 16.57 24.385 77.8
Tobias Enstrom 253:48 0.709 1.891 2.60 5.44 7.329 45.8
Jacob Trouba 127:22 0.000 1.413 1.41 8.95 15.075 30.0
Zach Bogosian 88:09 0.000 1.361 1.36 14.29 19.058 33.3

Thoughts:
  • iFen/60 is unblocked shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time. Byfuglien shoots a lot.
  • Shoot!! Tobias Enstrom doesn't shoot a lot, but he scores at a solid clip.
  • Zach Bogosian shoot at a good clip too, but...
  • Neither Jacob or Bogo scored a powerplay goal this year. Keaton Ellerby did.
  • IPP stands for Individual Points Percentage. What is means; Dustin Byfuglien recorded a point on 77.8% of the powerplay goals that were scored with him on the ice. That is a lot.
Jacob Trouba is young and his future is bright, but he is not yet ready to run a dominant powerplay unit. The second unit's powerplay numbers could improve next year with the return of Grant Clitsome and Paul Postma (possibly Zach Redmond), but much of that will be up to the forwards.

All numbers are from Extra Skater, Behind the Net and Hockey Analysis
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