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Pilots Logbook 2018-19: Josh Morrissey

There’s no denying it, Josh Morrissey is blossoming into a star defensmen right before our eyes. His game continued to improve during his third season as he posted multiple career high numbers despite playing the fewest games of his career. While it was a strong season overall for Morrissey, his injury near the end of the season is a bit concerning. At least the fears settled down after having a decent performance in the playoffs. With one year left on his contract, Morrissey’s play should dictate a large raise for his next deal. The 2019-2020 season will be a big one for Morrissey as he will be looking to prove his worth as a true number one defensemen.

Josh Morrissey
44 – Defense
6’0″ / 195 lbs / Age: 24

THE NUMBERS

JOSH MORRISSEY 2018-19 REGULAR SEASON STATS
Scor Scor Scor Shot Shot Shot Ice
Season GP G A PTS +/- PIM S S% TSA ATOI BLK HIT TK GV
2018-19 59 6 25 31 9 14 95 6.3 188 22:24 107 55 33 32
Career 223 19 58 77 30 99 297 6.4 622 20:36 416 340 70 120
Josh Morrissey 2018-19 REGULAR SEASON ADVANCED STATS (5V5)
Cors Cors Cors Cors Fenw Fenw Fenw Fenw PDO PDO PDO PDO PDO Zone Zone
Season GP TOI CF CA CF% CF% rel FF FA FF% FF% rel oiGF oiSH% oiGA oiSV% PDO oZS% dZS%
2018-19 59 1052.7 1053 1048 50.1 0.8 795 757 51.2 2.7 58 10.2 51 91.2 101.4 53.0 47.0
Career 223 3971.6 3806 3745 50.4 0.4 2857 2730 51.1 1.4 203 9.9 181 90.9 100.8 49.8 50.2

Contract Status

Morrissey signed a two year bridge deal for $3.150 million per year right before training camp last year. While many people were hoping to see a long-term deal for Morrissey, he opted for a bridge deal and it seems to be paying off for him. He put up a stellar season and proved just how valuable he was to the team as they began to falter down the stretch without him in the lineup. With one more year left on the current deal, Morrissey is eligible to sign an extension as of July 1. While there will be more time down the road to examine what a new contract might look like, for now, the one thing for sure is that Morrissey will be looking for a huge raise with his next deal.

PLAYER’S SEASON IN REVIEW

As mentioned above, other than Morrissey’s injury late in the year he had a really strong season. He posted a new career high in both points (31) and TOI (22:24 per game) and helped anchor the number one pairing alongside Trouba. While Morrissey is normally regarded as a defensive defensemen, his offensive ability is what stood out this season. Morrissey only played 59 games but was still able to find a career high in points. His goals and assists per 60 were both the best of his career which bodes well for his future on the top pairing. When looking at the shot charts, Morrissey was able to influence a lot of opportunities on offense.

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As you can see, the Jets were a much more dangerous team with Morrissey on the ice. His ability to hold the line along the left point and issue an accurate pass to across the ice to Trouba leads to that large island of red at the right point.

When looking at some of the other advanced stats, Morrissey was among the Jets’ best. Per moneypuck.com, Morrissey was second on the team in xGoals% at 50.1% and only Byfuglien was ahead of him with 51.4%.

Even the eye test went well for Morrissey this season. The Jets were a turnover machine in their own zone for most of the season, but Morrissey was arguably the best defensemen at getting the puck out with control. His smooth skating and smart decision making is a great combination in his own end of the ice.

THE PLAYOFFS

Josh Morrissey’S 2019 PLAYOFF STATS
Scor Scor Scor Shot Shot Shot Ice
Season GP G A PTS +/- PIM S S% TSA ATOI BLK HIT TK GV
2018-19 6 0 1 1 -1 0 8 0.0 11 19:08 12 4 1 3
Career 22 1 2 3 1 6 34 2.9 62 20:02 53 31 8 13

 

JOSH MORRISSEY’S 2019 PLAYOFF ADVANCED STATS (ALL SITUATIONS)
Cors Cors Cors Cors Fenw Fenw Fenw Fenw PDO PDO PDO PDO PDO Zone Zone
Season GP TOI CF CA CF% CF% rel FF FA FF% FF% rel oiGF oiSH% oiGA oiSV% PDO oZS% dZS%
2018-19 6 114.8 91 110 45.3 -6.1 68 80 45.9 -4.5 3 5.9 4 93.0 98.9 50.0 50.0
Career 22 440.9 428 457 48.4 -5.3 319 322 49.8 -3.2 16 7.1 22 90.7 97.8 48.2 51.8

Perhaps the most anticipated part of the playoffs this season was the chance to see Morrissey back in the lineup. He went down with an upper body injury on February 4 against Arizona. The initial timeline didn’t look good but he was able to return for game one against the Blues. There was an absolute mountain of expectations heaped upon him as the playoffs began and he delivered his usual game, a smart, simple style that has a positive impact on the team.

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What We Said A Year Ago

“Josh Morrissey followed up a very good – if not surprising – rookie campaign in 2016-17 with a just as good 2017-18 season where he had a modest increase in his point production and still provided some terrific defense mostly paired up with Jacob Trouba. It can be argued that the Trouba/Morrissey combo was the Jets’ best this season although based on ice time they were still mostly deployed as a second pairing unit behind Byfuglien and Enstrom (When Enstrom was healthy)”

Pilot’s Logbook 17-18: Josh Morrissey

FUTURE OUTLOOK

As mentioned at the beginning of the post, Morrissey is in for rather large raise when he signs his next contract. He is eligible to sign an extension as of this summer but he will likely want to wait until the end of next season before he inks the deal. Morrissey will have four full seasons under his belt by that point and betting on himself is likely the best route to take for the young star. The hope for the team is that they are able to sign Morrissey to a long-term deal and be able to keep him around for a many years as he turns into a bonafide number one defensemen.

FINAL GRADE: A-