Steven Stamkos’ numbers are down this year. He is currently tied for 7th in the league with 26 goals, fourteen behind Alex Ovechkin for the league’s lead, and 29th in the league with 47 points though 60 regular season games this year. Let’s break down his statistics to find out why his production has dropped off:
I’ve identified a group of top goaltenders in the league, comparable to the playing level of our identified puck-moving goaltenders. This includes Jonathan Quick, Marc-Andre Fleury, Henrik Lundqvist, Tuukka Rask, Braden Holtby, Devan Dubnyk, Corey Crawford, and Pekka Rinne. While none are specifically known for their puck-handling abilities, it is very possible that one or more of these goalies could positively impact possession statistics as much as if not more than our previously labeled puck-moving goaltender subgroup but don’t get the credit they deserve. I will similarly analyze their possession WOWYs, beginning at even strength, to see their impact to their team’s possession statistics.
Earlier we looked at how puck-moving goaltenders impact possession at even strength. Now, we’ll look at another important aspect of the game to see if puck-moving goaltenders can have an impact on possession statistics on special teams, either on the power play or while shorthanded. I’ll analyze these metrics in a similar fashion as was presented at even strength.