Jets Player Usage: Defence (The Clitsome Problem)

Kevin McCartney
April 17 2013 05:57PM

 

Back in February, we had a look at how the Jets defence group was being used and their success in those roles. Today we re-visit how the defence has been used to discuss their individual and collective effectiveness with a particular eye toward who should be back next year.

As fair warning, the player usage charts for the Jets defence so far this year are frustrating to read. I’m a strong believer in fancy stats, and accept shot attempt advantage as an indicator of possession and territorial advantage. Still, the importance of applying some context to corsi numbers (discussed exceptionally here) has never been more obvious than when looking at the Jets defence. At first blush, the chart tells us that Big Buff is our best defenceman this year. Though I do cherish this moment, I respectfully disagree. Let’s see what you think.

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Game #43 Vs Lightning: In a bottle

Kevin McCartney
April 16 2013 05:19PM

Tampa Bay Lightning (17-22-2) At

Your Winnipeg Jets (21-19-2)

Last Meeting: March 24th, Jets 3 – Lightning 2

Broadcast: TSN Jets

Puck Drop: 7:00 (CT)

Preview

The longest break in the schedule is over, leaving six games left to play and the Jets down two points on 8th, and 4 points on the division leading Capitals. The Lightning come into town with nothing to lose and a lot of changes since opening day. A new coach in Jon Cooper, a new goaltender in Ben Bishop, and a new top line LW in Alex Killorn. Yep, you read that right. More surprises after the jump.

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Jets Player Usage: Forwards (and whatever Miettinen is playing)

Kevin McCartney
April 15 2013 06:02PM

  Tom Szczerbowski (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski)

The Jets up-and-down season has frustrated attempts at clear finger pointing. Lack of scoring depth, inconsistent goaltending, very poor special teams, and some odd (and stubborn) line combinations have made it challenging to see the problem(s) very clearly. I've discussed Olli Jokinen as a problem here, the need for a RW here, and the problem of the fourth line the last time we looked at forward usage charts back in mid-February. Today we re-visit how the forwards are being used to see if we have any further clues about what went wrong in the forward group with a particular eye toward who should be back next year.

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Back to the Future: Evaluating Head Scout Marcel Comeau Part 1

Kevin McCartney
April 12 2013 08:23PM

 

Marcel Comeau has been the Head Scout of the Atlanta Thrashers and now Winnipeg Jets since 2003. This season will mark his 11th draft with the organization, and as Cheveldayoff continues to preach patience and hope, we will have a look at the man in charge of delivering a hockey team from a list of teenagers.

There are many ways to evaluate a draft, and of course, data continues to roll in all the time. Consider Part 1 a bit of an introduction to Comeau and his draft history. We'll look at his draft record without much context to get our minds around who it is he's been drafting and where the team has traditionally gone fishing for talent. I'll add some thoughts about the prospects on which we still wait.

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Weekly Thoughts

Kevin McCartney
April 11 2013 11:22AM

            

Every week or so, I have a few thoughts. This week I look at the Jets schedule and consider how hard things will be under re-alignment, look forward to the draft to begin our conversation about who the Jets might be in on, and give a preview of articles to come with a chance for you to shape how I look at the data. A smattering of my brainy output below.

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