I watched in horror last night as the Edmonton Oilers sent soft lob after soft lob toward goalie Al Montoya on the power play. It was incredible—these were not the kinds of shots that lead to rebounds, only stoppages in play.
In stands to reason that if we are discussing it, Peter Chiarelli is already aware of the issue. Let’s have a look at how many shots Edmonton’s defensemen are getting at 5×4/60:
- Andrej Sekera 22 shots in 91:58 (14.3/60)
- Oscar Klefbom 10 shots in 56:14 (10.8/60)
- Brad Hunt 2 shots in 12:22 (9.7/60)
- Justin Schultz 9 shots in 62:17 (8.7/60)
- Brandon Davidson 1 shot in 9:40 (6.2/60)
How does that compare to some other NHL defensemen who see significant 5×4 time?
- Justin Faulk 53 shots in 139:06 (22.8/60)
- Brent Burns 47 shots in 153:46 (18.4/60)
- Dustin Byfuglien 40 shots in 134:10 (17.9/60)
- Kevin Shattenkirk 19 shots in 84:55 (13.4/60)
I don’t think this is especially informative—Shattenkirk has 15 power-play points in those 85 minutes, Andrej Sekera has five power-play points in his—but it does give us an idea about the range of shots from some of the best players in the game at the discipline.
- Frank Seravalli: Nothing is imminent, but St. Louis Blues defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk’s name is out there again, two sources confirmed, after whispers that he might be available first surfaced last summer. Shattenkirk might be as thought provoking for teams as Jones, since proven top-pairing defencemen so rarely become available. Source
St. Louis needs to add offense up front, and Edmonton has some forwards who could help. If Chiarelli is willing to move Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Jordan Eberle, perhaps there is a deal to be made.
One interesting thing about Shattenkirk is he doesn't play much short-handed, but he's proven to be an excellent shot suppressor on the PK.
— Zac Urback (@Zac_Urback) January 11, 2016
I like Shattenkirk, but there is a negative: He is a free agent in summer 2017 and there are no guarantees he signs here at that time. That makes it difficult to proceed in an Eberle-for-Shattenkirk deal. Here is another problem: St. Louis can’t take on cap dollars, so were are probably looking at a bigger deal.
The Blues are banged up right now, so this may be a deal that happens in summer (maybe on the draft floor), but what about this:
- Oilers trade Jordan Eberle ($6M) and a draft pick
- St. Louis trades Troy Brouwer ($3.667M, UFA this summer) and Kevin Shattenkirk ($4.25M)
The Blues get their scoring winger and don’t have to worry about the Shattenkirk deal. They also get cost certainty long term on Eberle and a pick (I am awful at guessing these things, so leave you to suggest the quality of the pick). Edmonton gets their power-play quarterback, a pricey forward and walk Justin Schultz. If it is Nuge instead, how much does that change things? I do like Brouwer but he is not delivering enough offense. Paajarvi? He doesn’t cover the cap issue. Like him, too.
What about this?
- Oilers trade RNH ($6M) and Brandon Davidson ($.585M and RFA)
- St. Louis trades Kevin Shattenkirk ($4.25M) and Ivan Barbashev ($.894M)