Each Blackhawks Players Offensive vs Defensive Output This Season

I’m debuting a new chart type today. I usually like to keep things as simple as possible to make it easier for the person attempting to understand the chart. I don’t like to jam a bunch of stats into one chart and have the result be an incomprehensible visual aide. However, I feel the charts below will be easy to understand and bring great context.

In this post you will find 10 total charts. Five will be for defensemen and five will be for forwards. 

The five charts are:

  1. Shot Generation vs Shot Suppression
  2. Scoring Chance Generation vs Scoring Chance Suppression
  3. High Danger Chance Generation vs High Danger Chance Suppression
  4. Goal Generation vs Goal Suppression
  5. Assist Rate vs Goal Scoring Rate

The word generation is going to mean offense. Shot generation is the amount of shots Chicago generates when that player is on the ice. Scoring chance generation is the amount of scoring chances Chicago generates when that player is on the ice. Goal generation is the amount of goals Chicago generates when that player is on the ice. All generation numbers will be the green bar. As generation=offense, we want the green bar high. The higher the green bar, the more offense that player is helping generate.

The other stat is suppression which will be the blue dot in the charts below. Suppression is going to mean defense. Shot suppression is the amount of shots opponents generate when that player is on the ice. Scoring chance suppression is the amount of scoring chances opponents generate when that player is on the ice. Goal suppression is the amount of goals the opponents generate when that player is on the ice. We don’t want the opponent to generate shots or scoring chances or goals. We want the opponents numbers to be low. As the blue dot is the opponents offense, we want the blue dot low. A low blue dot = good defense by that Chicago player.

So to recap how to read the chart:

  • Higher green bar = better offense
  • Lower green bar = lesser offense
  • Low blue dot = better defense 
  • High blue dot = lesser defense 

Let’s jump right in.

So higher green bar = better shot generation. This means Gustafsson, Keith, and Hjalmarsson helped generate the most offense. 

A lower blue dot = better defense. This means Hjalmarsson, Keith and Gustafsson were best at defense.

An easy way to read overall play is to look at the relationship between the green bar and blue dot. The player with the best numbers is going to have the most green showing above the blue dot. In the chart above, it’s Erik Gustafsson who has great shot generation numbers (high green bar) while also having good shot suppression numbers (low blue dot).

What one doesn’t want to see is white space between the dot and bar. If the blue dot is above the green bar, this means opponents are outshooting Chicago with that player on the ice. The high blue dot means bad defense and the low green bar means bad offense. The white space shows Svedberg and Seabrook had bad shot numbers this season. 

The formatting is the same for the rest of the charts. 

Above, a high green bar indicates better scoring chance offense and a low blue dot equals better scoring chance defense.

Keith, Hjalmarsson, and Gustafsson again put up good numbers, while Svedberg, Seabrook, and Rozsival did not.

High danger chances are the shots that occur in close right in front of the goalie. TVR and Hjalmarsson had good numbers here.

Gustafsson, Keith, and Rozsival had the best numbers when looking at goals for vs goals against above.

This is the only chart that’s different as one wants both bar and dot high. The green bar shows how often the player makes an assist while the blue dot shows how often a player scores a goal. One can see if a player is just a playmaker (green bar high), just a goal scorer (blue dot high), or both.

That’s it for the D-men. Next, the exact same five charts except depicting the forwards instead of  defensemen. They read the same way as the charts above.

With shot data, Hossa, Panarin, and Kane were good. Mashinter, Ladd, and Kruger were bad.

With scoring chances, Teravainen, Kruger, and Hossa were good. Mashinter, Ladd, and Panik were bad.

With high danger chance data, Teravainen, Rasmussen, and Hossa had good numbers and Ladd, Mashinter, and Anisimov had bad numbers. 

With goal data, Rasmussen, Panik, and Shaw had good numbers while Mashinter, Kruger, and Desjardins had bad numbers.

The theme here is Mashinter has bad numbers.

Guys like Panik and Rasmussen are not playmakers. We can tell that by their high goal scoring numbers and low assist numbers. They won’t set anyone up, but they can finish.

Toews needs to shoot more. Only three players had a primary assist rate above their goal scoring rate Kruger, Hossa, and Toews. Kruger didn’t score a goal, and in Hossa’s old age his shot power and accuracy has declined. However, there is no excuse for Toews. 

Lastly, to further validate my frustrations on Toews’s lack of shooting, here are the shot attempt rates of the forwards.

Toews shouldn’t be taking shots at the same rate as Marcus Kruger. His goal scoring isn’t going to increase unless he focuses on getting more shots.