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By The Numbers: Measuring The Winnipeg Jets' Penalty Kill Effectiveness - Defenders

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Measuring the effectiveness of Winnipeg Jets' penalty killers. Who was the best at preventing shots and goals?

Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

So far we have looked at the shooting and scoring effectiveness of Winnipeg Jets forwards and defenders at 5 on 5. In the third part of our series, we look at how Jets defenders did on the penalty kill. Nobody looks good on the PK, but some look better than others.

Note: Statistically, shot totals have been proven to be more repeatable than goal totals as they rely less on chance, but scoring and preventing goals are the aim of players. Therefore, it will also be included in this analysis.

In order to remove small samples, this analysis will be limited to players who played twenty games or more.

Here is a look at how the Jets did on the penalty kill.

Click any heading to sort the table:

NAME GF On/60 GA On/60 SF On/60 SA On/60
DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN 2.21 2.21 19.9 31
GRANT CLITSOME 1.21 12.14 9.7 37.6
JOHNNY ODUYA 0 4.32 9.7 37.8
MARK FLOOD 1.67 0 11.7 41.8
ZACH BOGOSIAN 0.65 7.12 9.1 43
TOBIAS ENSTROM 0 9.24 10.9 44.5
RON HAINSEY 0 8.99 5.1 47.5
MARK STUART 0.54 9.44 5.9 48.8
RANDY JONES 0 5.85 5.8 50.7

All sabermetrics taken from Behind The Net.

Of Note:

  • We have to be careful putting too much weight into these numbers, because a one year sample doesn't include a huge amount of ice time.
  • Dustin Byfuglien and Grant Clitsome did really well from a shots perspective, but they didn't get enough ice time for these numbers to mean much.
  • Likewise for the awful goals against total that Clitsome put up. Don't read into it too much.

  • Prior to the trade deadline, Johnny Oduya, Zach Bogosian, Mark Stuart and Ron Hainsey were the primary penalty killers.
  • After the trade deadline, Randy Jones and Tobias Enstrom picked up Oduya's minutes.
  • Outside of Johnny Oduya, nobody was particularly impressive. Moving him at the deadline left a hole in the lineup. I don't think this hole has been filled either.
  • Mark Flood performed well in a limited sample. He wasn't on the ice for a goal against, but that doesn't mean he is good.
  • Mark Stuart and Randy Jones were not so hot. Jones would have eventually allowed more goals based on his shooting rates.
  • Toby Enstrom and Grant Clitsome have historically performed a little better on the PK.
  • As we will see with the next post, some of our forwards were awful too. Is it possible that the bad PK forwards dragged some of the defenders down? Was it the other way around? It is really hard to tell.
  • What will the PK look like if hockey returns before Zach Bogosian is healthy. He logged big minutes and played pretty well. Let's hope for a quick recovery.
Did we miss anything? Does anything stand out to you? Let us know in the comment section?