Back on October 21st, Hooks had a great piece about Zone Exits for the Pens. That post can be found here. Hopefully I'm not stepping on any toes by putting this out, but it was on my mind, so here it is. I was interested in the stat but not really sure how valuable it was and wanted to see how it played out over time. Well it's been a little over a month since and we have more data, so I just wanted to post it as something to talk about.
Here is the latest data on the Pens zone exits. Green is high, Red is low and anything in between is median.
This list is sorted by % successful, as in my opinion, that is the most important factor. Letang has been getting a lot of grief from the fanbase(for good reason), but it appears he's been very good in this category, leading in success rate, and also towards the top in leaving the zone with possession. He is also near the top for attempts(due to his his high TOI), even though he's played a lot less games than the other D.
I thought it would be interesting to see how they matched up against another good team, but unfortunately the Blackhawks don't have this data tracked on the site, and the team with the most entries that was the highest ranked in the NHL was the Blues, so here is their data.
(Sorry didn't feel like matching Blues names to their number...)
Immediately the Pens look like they do a good job at this. Their team average zone exits is 94.3%, compared to 87.1% for the Blues, but the Blues do it more with possession at 63.5% compared to the Pens 50.7%. Me caring more about just getting the puck out of the zone, I think I'll take it.
The Blues best player is #20 which isn't surprising being that it's Steen. He's also extremely good with possession at 79.5%. The Pens best player with possession is Sid, at 69.3%.
I'm sure a lot of this has to do with system, but honestly who knows. Just think it's interesting to look at, even if I don't know what the heck it really means.
If you want to take a look at more zone entry data, be sure to check out the link here.