I know people are starting to get antsy about the return of the NHL, other sports, and really just some semblance of normalcy, but it's something that I just can't get excited about. There seems to be some sort of plan floated by the media every other day – play in one of the Dakotas, play in Florida, have teams in different areas – but the truth is we're still in the throes of this thing and we don't know what things will look like in a month. Can we just wait and see what the NHL's plan is whenever the NHL, and North American society in general, is actually ready?
Believe me, I get it, I want hockey and my life back as soon as possible. At the same time, I feel like playing Wheel of Fortune with pandemic responses every day is tiresome and probably counterproductive. Can we just take a time out, focus on the things we can control, and just wait a bit?
In my most recent Ramblings, I broke down some power play numbers for forwards across the NHL in the 2019-20 season. To round things out, let's look at some stats among defencemen.
The reason for doing this, as mentioned in that Ramblings, is that too often I breeze past power-play points, just listing them as PPPs and moving along. The reality is that there is a lot that goes into every single PPP, whether it's on-ice shooting percentage, IPP (individual points percentage, or the rate at which a player garners a point when he's on the ice for his team's scoring), individual shooting percentage, or whatever else. All the same, it's a necessary exercise to see where players may have improved, where they might improve in the future, and where they may not. Let's dig in. Most stats from Natural Stat Trick.
Drew Doughty is a shot machine now?
This past season was Drew Doughty's age-30 campaign and his 12th full season in the league. This past season also saw the highest shot attempt rate on the power play for Doughty in his