Ramblings: Verhaege, Kyrou, Hischier, Zegras, and Bennett – December 23

Michael Clifford

2021-12-23

Over my last few Ramblings, I have been taking the time to talk about some to-date season stats, focusing on both forwards and defencemen. While most of my analysis for fantasy hockey is via public data sites like ours at Frozen Tools, Natural Stat Trick, or elsewhere, there are other non-public resources that can be very valuable not only for fantasy analysis, but just for understanding the game better. My recent Ramblings have used the work of Corey Sznajder, a game-tracker reviewing every game for things like zone exits/entries, dump-ins, blue line defending, and a plethora of other stats. His Patreon can be supported here.

The previous Ramblings discussed shot and shot-assist rates among forwards as well as zone-exit rates among defencemen. Today we're going to look at players creating scoring chances off of the rush. The reason for that is that teams who can gain the zone with control and immediately create something stand a good chance of scoring. It isn't a perfect science; not every player that is good on the rush is a good goal scorer. We find guys like Adrian Kempe, Jake DeBrusk, and Jakob Silfverberg are among the elite in shooting off the rush over the last three years. On the flipside, the top-5 names in that span, on a per-60 basis, are Brady Tkachuk, Timo Meier, Max Pacioretty, Kevin Fiala, and David Pastrnak. Inside the top-20 are names i