Justin K. Aller
Starting to separate men from boys. And slightly smaller men.
(See here for more information. The position of the bubble is determined by the coaching staff; the size and color of the bubble are entirely up to the player.)
First up, let's take a look at the Corsi-based chart after yesterday's win over the Sabres.
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- As I said last time, more games = more separation. We're finally getting enough spread on the bubbles that I don't have to move a bunch of labels out of the way.
- Paul Martin is positive now. This corroborates what we've been seeing on the ice. Brooks Orpik is getting worse, not better.
- The bubbles for James Neal and Evgeni Malkin have moved up quite a bit to show what we know to be the case: they're seeing stiffer competition than any of the other forward groups while still playing a very offense-oriented role.
- Dustin Jeffrey is getting wrecked out there.
- Matt Niskanen's bubble moved sharply toward defense this week, which is good to see given that people have generally considered him a bottom-pairing guy his whole career.
- Beau Bennett's bubble is in a really weird place. He's like the anti-Jordan Staal from last year. He faces really stiff competition, but taking 64.3% of his faceoffs in the offensive zone.
- Tyler Kennedy did not have a good week.
- With a Fenwick chart, bubbles shouldn't move, but they can change size and color.
- Deryk Engelland and Robert Bortuzzo are both positive on this chart, while Martin and Bennett are negative. Simon Despres's dot got a whole lot smaller.
- Fenwick does James Neal no favors, either.