Over the last two weeks we took a look at the Flyers zone exits and entries. Here I just linked the exit and entry data to get a look at how successful players are at transitioning from defense to offense. I included the overall data and also went ahead and broke it up by lines and pairings again. I also wanted a quick look at how a player’s success at transition compares to his Corsi percentage during that time. I was discussing this with Bob Roberts yesterday so I’ll just use his quote since it’s much more eloquent than I anything I came up with. “It’s possible they are distinct skills. Someone may very well be better at getting the puck up ice than they are at having that transition into shots. It could help with optimizing players and putting together guys who could help each other in those areas.”
This is going to be way less impressive than the zone entry post last week so if you want to go ahead and stop reading, I don’t blame you.
- Streit and Del Zotto continue to lead the way in overall success at transitioning out of the defensive zone. Streit has really take the lion’s share of work here. Yes, it’s what he was brought in to do but it might be nice to get him just a little bit of help here and there. Overall, most of the defense is maintaining their performance from the first quarter of the season with the exception of Luke Schenn.
- Speaking of Schenn, his passing game is really underrated. There are quite a few times throughout the course of a game where Schenn threads a pass from his zone to a forward waiting at the opposing blue line. It might be a little misleading to make that claim when you look at the drop off between his exits passed and those that lead to an entry. However, he’s leading defensemen in helping to create controlled zone entries. Just take some time to watch his passing the next couple of games. I think you might be surprised.
- I was honestly surprised to see how many of MacDonald’s exits were actually completed passes. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve pulled my hair out watching him skate to the hash marks, stop, make a pass attempt, and completely miss his target. I’d like to see his overall success above 50% but hey, he doesn’t look like a total train wreck here so that’s cool (we like to set the bar low here folks).
- Lecavalier had a fairly large drop off in terms of overall success at transitioning from the defensive zone. Part of it might be due to his lack of speed, he tends to get caught flatfooted quite often at the defensive blue line which gets him into trouble at times. I really like Bellemare’s game so it’s always nice to see a player your appreciate succeeding in some of the more under appreciated aspects of the game.
- I think we have more evidence that Giroux and Voracek could stand to spend a little time away from each other. Again, Raffl’s low numbers are more than likely a product of his linemates rather than an overall lack of effectiveness. Last year he had about a 56% success rate transitioning from the defensive zone to offensive zone. Much like zone entries, he’s more than capable of offsetting some of the loss of production (off the puck) if Voracek was removed from that top line.
- Read’s overall success was a bit of a surprise to me. When I track this data he never jumped out to me as the driving force behind the transition game for that line. I feel like most of the time when I was watching him transition, the play was slow to develop. Any type of quick counterattack seemed to happen from making a quick outlet pass at the blue line. It’s quite possible that some of his success can be attributed to the lack of pressure he faces when he exits the zone. I’m interested to see what Read can do in the final half of the season. It looks like the time off did him some good and after Tuesday’s game he seems to be back to his old self.
Feel free to help your eyes recover from staring at these charts with a little Kimmo Timonen appreciation. Who doesn’t love this guy?
*Corsi percentages taken from War On Ice*