Fantasy Take: Vinnie Hinostroza off to Florida

Michael Clifford


With the likely departures of both Mike Hoffman and Evgenii Dadonov, the Florida Panthers are starting down the barrel of replacing 60 goals a season. That is really tough to do internally, and likely can't even be done externally without a couple monster UFA signings. This isn't that, but Vinnie Hinostroza is off to Florida on a one-year deal.


What Florida gets

Play fantasy hockey long enough, and you'll develop a list of players you were once really high on and you just can't give up. Hinostroza is that guy for me. The reason? He shoots. Over the last three seasons, Hinostroza is around the 75th percentile in shot attempt rates among regular forwards at 14.68 per 60 minutes. Guys within 0.5 shot attempts/60 of that number: Blake Coleman, Tomas Tatar, Dadonov, Brad Marchand, Jake DeBrusk, Chris Kreider, Jason Zucker, and Brandon Saad. That's a long list of guys who are reliable 20-goal scorers.

It goes beyond that. He does well in transition (90th percentile in controlled zone entries/60) and finding teammates (70th percentile in shot assists), according to Corey Sznajder's zone data. We have a player that shoots much more than the average forward, is better in transition than the average forward, and seems to have good playmaking skills.

So why does he have 34