Goldipucks and the Three Skaters – Chabot, Petry, & DeAngelo

Rick Roos


Welcome back to your monthly installment of Goldipucks and the Three Skaters, which, for new readers, is a play on words of the Goldilocks and the Three Bears story. Here though, instead of there being three bowls of porridge I cover three skaters and declare one too hot (i.e., doing unsustainably better than he should), another too cold (i.e., doing unsustainably worse), and a third “just right” (i.e., producing where he should be). I also assign each a rating of 1-10, indicating just how hot (rated 7-10, where 10 is the most unsustainably hot), or how cold (rated 1-4, where 1 is the most unsustainably cold), or how “just right” (rated 4-7, where 5.5 is the most “just right”) he is.


Our focus this week is on three rearguards: Thomas Chabot, Jeff Petry, and Tony DeAngelo. Think about them and decide as to which you believe was too hot, who was too cold, and which of the three was just right for 2019-20, and then continue reading to learn if your prognosticating was correct.


Thomas Chabot

Who is the real Thomas Chabot? The one who shined to the tune of 55 points in 70 games (64 point full season pace) in 2018-19? Or is he the player who tallied 16 fewer points in one more game (45 point full season pace) for 2019-20? The answer is.……. the 2018-19 version, as he's yet to embark upon his magical fourth season and, more importantly, was victimized by some very bad, and very unsustainable, luck in 2019-20.

Perhaps the key stat for Chabot is he had a mere three two-point games this season, and 33 contests with exactly one point. Or put another way, he amassed his 39 points in only 36 games. Why is that meaningful? For 2019-20, only seven defensemen in the entire league had points in more games than his 36 contests; and if you average their point totals, you get 57, or 18 more than Chabot posted, with the lowest total among them being 45 and the second-lowest being 53. Also, it's not like this is typical for Chabot, as last season he tallied his 55 points in just 39 games with at least one point, or only three more games with a point than he took to amass 39 this season. In fact, looking at all other players who had point totals of 39 or lower in 2019-20, the most number of games in which any had a point was 31, or five fewer than Chabot. Long story short, Chabot should've had at least 5-10 more points just from multi-point games that somehow unsustainably eluded him.

On top of that, Chabot hit eight posts this season, which was the second-highest total among all defensemen. So he was literally inches away from several more goals. And even beyond that, his shooting percentage was half what it was last season despite