Playmaking Volume 3: Revenge Of The Defense

@RK_Stimp has a passing project that tracks the first, second, and third assists to every shot attempt this season in the NHL. Using this data, I plan on investigating and creating many visuals over the coming weeks. 

This post is a look at the passing abilities of Chicago’s defense this season at even strength.

Here is a simple visual to show how the defensemen ranked from best to worst utilizing the passing data. Remember, this isn’t a ranking of the defensemen overall, but rather a ranking of their playmaking ability. This is looking mostly at the offensive side of the game.

Here is a chart showing the number of passes leading directly to shot attempts the defensemen had per 60 minutes of icetime. 

Finally, a chart that shows the number of passes that led to passes that led directly to shot attempts per 60 minutes. As you know what a secondary assist for a goal is, think of this as secondary assists to a shot attempts.

In the end, it’s about what I expected it would be.

  • Great passers: Keith, Gustafsson, Rundblad
  • Good passers: Rozsival, Daley
  • Ok passers: TVR, Seabrook, Hjalmarsson
  • Bad passers: Scuderi, Svedberg

One thought is the impact any pairing combination of TVR, Seabrook, or Svedberg has on offensive output. For example, how much does the Seabrook-TVR pairings passing ability hamper the Panarin-Anisimov-Kane line when all five players are on the ice together? Was subpar passing ability one of the reasons that the TVR-Seabrook pairing so anemic last season?