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Ryan White must go to the AHL. Last night, in Detroit, White took a silly, uncalled for, undisciplined, match penalty, that could have easily set the Flyers down by multiple goals if not for the skill of Michal Neuvirth.
Via Hockey Viz
White’s WOWY Chart is clustered around the “bad” side of the chart, where bad is defined as a player on the ice for lots of scoring chances against and few scoring chances for. Most players improve when pulled away from White, which is a sign that White is dragging the puck possession of the team down.
Via Behind the Net
At 5v5, White’s Corsi Rel falls 9th among the 12 forwards with 10 games played for the Flyers. However, unlike Bellemare and VandeVelde, White doesn’t kill penalties well. Unlike RJ Umberger, he’s not been forced into minutes above his talent level. And unlike Scott Laughton, he’s not saddled carrying said player who is playing above his talent level.
The most glaring issue of all, White’s penalty differential. He’s taken 1.6 PIMs/60 while drawing exactly half of that at 0.8PIM/60. So, the marginal possession gains over RJ Umberger are washed out by the penalty kills created. In White’s defense, Laughton’s differential is also concerning, but Laughton’s a much younger player with a far higher upside than White.
Via Own the Puck
When directly compared to the player he replaced, Zac Rinaldo, White actually ends up being worse defensively than Rinaldo. Now understand, the Rinaldo reputation baggage outweighs the defensive upgrade, but White isn’t exactly an improvement either, especially given that players like Jordan Weal and Nick Cousins exist in the system.
By waiving White, the Flyers could play RJ Umberger with Bellemare and VandeVelde thereby keeping Umberger in his talent level. Weal or Cousins could be the shot in the arm Scott Laughton needs to get going offensively with Matt Read. And, with the Flyers in the playoff race, any additional scoring punch is needed.