Top 10 players with low shot percentages (2015-16)

Tom Collins

2016-05-16

 

Top 10 players with low 2015-16 shooting percentages

 

One of my strategies in one-year leagues is to choose players who take a lot of shots. In this year's expert draft, I selected Steven Stamkos, Corey Perry, Taylor Hall and Max Pacioretty with my first four picks. My reasoning is they contribute more to fantasy hockey as they are more likely to score, get power play goals and also directly impact their plus-minus more than non-shooters. That's why shooting percentages are so important. It's necessary to know that a usually sure-fire 25-goal guy may have scored just 15 goals because he had his worst shooting percentage season as opposed to taking fewer shots.

Below are 10 players who just had below-average shooting percentage seasons. It's imperative to keep in mind that not all of them will rebound next year. This season may be the first in an annual decrease for some of these guys. But it's worth keeping an eye on.

 

10. Radim Vrbata

Much of Vrbata's success next year will depend on where he winds up since he's an UFA this summer. But he didn't do himself any favours this past season. His 6.5 shooting percentage was his worst since he also had 6.5 with the Blackhawks back in 2006-07. His shooting percentage fluctuates wildly anywhere from 7.3 to 15.1. But his career average is 10.1. This year his career average would have seen him hit 20 goals instead of 13.

 

9. Henrik Zetterberg

Zetterberg hasn't been a consistent goal-scorer for years, and he hasn't been a 40-goal guy in about eight seasons. But part of that reason could be his shooting percentage. This year he scored 13 goals on 214 shots, good for a 6.1 shooting percentage. That is way down from his career average of an even 10 per cent. His career average would have given him 21 goals.

 

8. Rick Nash

Nash has a career 12.3 shooting percentage. Only once had he ever been below 10 per cent, and that was 9.8 per cent in 2011-12. In 2014-15, when he potted a career-high 42 goals, it was 13.8 per cent. That's why it was a bit shocking to see him at 8.2 per cent this year. If he had shot his career average, he would have had an extra eight goals and would have had 44 points in 60 games. Not great, but not as disappointing a season.

 

7. Nazem Kadri

There's good news and bad news when it comes to Kadri: On the bright side, his shot total has increased significantly since 2012-13 (his first full campaign). But on the same token, his shooting percentage has come down just as significantly. Let's compare the years:

2012-13: 18 goals, 107 sh