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USING NUMBERS TO LOOK AT THE NHL'S FUTURE STARS
After dropping Game 5 in Sault Ste. Marie, the Erie Otters had another opportunity to put the Greyhounds away – this time at home.
They did just that, as Connor McDavid went off tallying five points in a 7-3 win.
The zone starts numbers were much lower than you’d normally see because there was a lot of special teams play, so it was tough to decipher if Player X was starting in Zone Y because a) the coaching staff wanted them on the ice in that situation or; b) the coaching staff just needed to get them on the ice.
Strome didn’t have many carry-ins, but was successful in his limited attempts at evens.
McDavid was once again a beast through the neutral zone. When he gets going he’s nearly impossible to stop, and if you try and meet him at the line he can pull a rabbit out of his like this.
This is amazing from Connor McDavid. https://t.co/Mb7bnWMnXZ
— Todd Cordell (@ToddCordell) May 3, 2015
Senyshyn saw limited ice, but showed the ability to carry the puck into the offensive zone with possession. He’s an excellent skater, and generates good speed through the neutral zone, which forces the defense to back off.
Speers also showed the ability to drive play up ice. That’s probably why he has started 50% or less of his shifts in the offensive zone in all three games I tracked from this series.
Strome had a very low-event game considering how many minutes he played. SSM won the shot attempt battle when he was on the ice, however, he started a good chunk of his shifts in the neutral zone, which is certainly a factor.
McDavid wasn’t dominant in terms of possession, but he still fared pretty well in that regard. Playing primarily against Darnell Nurse he came out basically even in the shot attempt battle against a stacked team desperate for a win. He was also perfect through the neutral zone and tallied five points on seven goals.
Senyshyn didn’t play a lot, but generally good things happened when he was on the ice. He had a few successful carry-ins, which led to several shot attempts.
Speers fared very well in possession. Erie is an excellent team, obviously, and he finished close to 70% in possession despite starting as many shifts in the defensive zone as in the offensive zone.
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