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Over the past two weeks we took a look at the Flyers’ zone exit and zone entry data. Now we’ve finally reached the end of my tracking posts for the year. This is probably going to be a fairly short post. A lot of little things I notice in this data really end up getting covered in entry and exit posts. I’m debating whether or not to continue compiling transition data for next year since I’m not sure it’s giving us a lot of additional insight. I think most of what I’m trying to capture here may show up in an improved exit tracking process. Again, any ideas and suggestions are always welcome. Now that we’ve got all that out of the way let’s take a quick look at the data.
- No surprise that Mark Streit and Michael Del Zotto end the year as top two defensemen in transition. Braydon Coburn ending the year in the top three is more than likely a result of a bad overall defense corps and the limited numbers of games he played this season.
- I’ve mentioned Luke Schenn’s passing abilities quite a few times in these posts throughout the season. I still believe this is an underrated talent he has. He finished right behind Del Zott and Streit in total passes that led to entries. Obviously he isn’t a quick skater so it’s important that he can at least compensate for that somewhat when trying to exit the zone and create offense in transition.
- I did not include the prior years numbers because there really weren’t any changes from last year. Most of the defense saw very minimal changes in their numbers with the exception of Mark Streit. There was a 5% increase in Streit’s successful entries from exits. That shouldn’t be too surprising considering the lack of puck movers on the back end.
- Lecavalier is a disaster. He isn’t particularly good at exiting the zone or even managing to do so with possession. Quite often he gets caught standing at the blue line waiting for a puck to come to him. Even if it does manage to make it to him he still has a tendency to stand and wait to make an outlet pass to a teammate. He did a decent job at entering the zone with possession but I’d say that’s more of a credit to his linemates for getting him the puck in transition.
- Ryan White’s numbers have gotten progressively worse a the season went on and the sample size increases. If the Flyers don’t intend to use White as a replacement for Rinaldo, I’d prefer they let him enjoy his time as a UFA.
- Overall, Brayden Schenn has had a relatively successful season by tracking standards. I’ll be honest, it surprises me. He’s not a flashy player and there are stretches where you completely forget he’s invisible on the ice. He has definitely taken some positives steps in his development this year. It’s just a matter of making sure he’s still managing to create offense and contribute something positive even during the inevitable rough stretches when players aren’t producing.
- Lecavalier is still a mess.
- Considering Giroux’s controlled entry numbers have decreased, I think it makes sense that his transition numbers have seen a pretty drastic increase.
- Read, Voracek, and Couturier are all pretty great. As you can tell I’ve run out of things to talk about. To celebrate the end of these tracking posts here’s someone dressed up as a Grateful Dead Dancing Bear. I’m going to go ahead and say with confidence that this was the biggest highlight of the season. I am right in my analysis.