Frozen Pool Forensics: Jakub Voracek

Cam Robinson

2015-11-06

Will Voracek's slump last the whole season, or is he still a fantasy hockey superstar?

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November has arrived and with it comes the second month of the NHL season. For some players, it’s a chance to continue fast starts and maintain positions at the top of the NHL scoring list. For others, and it seems like more than usual this year, it’s a chance to wipe the slate and start fresh after a disastrous start to the 2015-16 campaign. For Jakub Voracek, it’s the latter. The high-flying Czech winger was out-of-this-world for the Flyers last season, racking up 81 points in 82 games en route to a fourth-place finish in the Art Ross Trophy race. His 59 assists were second only to Nicklas Backstrom, and his 33 power-play points were third best in the league. Together with his partner in crime, Claude Giroux, Voracek got off to an incredible start posting 15 points through 10 October games, propelling him to a career season. This season has not gone so smoothly. We’re 12 games in and he has yet to record a goal while assisting on just four others, all the while posting a minus-four rating, a five-on-five shooting percentage of 2.86 and a PDO of 981. What gives?

Voracek teased fantasy owners for years with his high draft slot, tantalizing skill-set and fantastic hockey hair. Upon landing in Philadelphia for 2011-12 season, Voracek finally had a premier set-up man to ride shotgun with and the possibilities seemed bright. He and Giroux have delivered, blossoming into one of the leagues more formidable duos and they hardly spend any time apart on the ice. Using Dobber’s Frozen Pool Line Mates Tool, we can see just how much time to two have spent together.
 

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