There’s a chance that Lubomir Visnovsky will post the best offensive numbers of the MacTavish coaching regime. Since taking over the club in summer 2000, MacT has had some pretty nice offensive talent on the blue.
Among the finest offensive seasons since 2000 are Janne Niinimaa 00-01 (12-34-46), Janne Niinimaa 01-02 (5-39-44) and the top point-getter Chris Pronger 05-06 (12-44-56).
Visnovsky could threaten the Pronger number. He’s a quality point producer and his powerplay numbers (traditionally) are superior to most of the options that have been available to this coach.
Visnovsky’s value on the PP and at EVs is such that one doubts he’ll spend a lot of time on the PK. Last season in Los Angeles, he played 376 PP minutes, which amounted to about 20% of his total TOI:
- EVs: 16:59
- PP: 4:35
- PK: 1:24
This is somewhat different than the chores given to Sheldon Souray when he was healthy last season:
- EVs: 16:04
- PP: 4:15
- PK: 3:59
Souray’s special team minutes were about 33% of his overall and he played a little more per game last season. My bet is that these two will gobble up most of the PP time (when healthy) on the roster, which will impact the scoring totals of Tom Gilbert.
One thing that interests me as they head to camp is the D pairings. Although he’s a lefty, Lubomir Visnovsky apparently prefers RD. If we slot him there, RD becomes Visnovsky, Staios, Gilbert and LD is Grebeshkov, Souray, Strudwick, Smid.
We know they’ll be changed a lot in camp and through injury much of the season will see the pairings shuffled, but at first glance this would have been a more logical lineup:
Finally, when we arrive at Tom Gilbert we’ll get into this in more detail, but I thought it would be a good idea to post the primary D’s situational numbers here:
- Tom Gilbert 0.98
- Denis Grebeshkov 0.84
- Lubimor Visnovsky 0.80
- Sheldon Souray 0.76
- Steve Staios 0.65
- Ladislav Smid 0.25
- Jason Strudwick 0.10
5x4pts/60 (100+ minutes)
- Tom Gilbert 3.01
- Lubimor Visnovsky 2.77
- Joni Pitkanen 2.11
- Sheldon Souray 1.72
- Denis Grebeshkov 1.26
Talent, opportunity and injury make Visnovsky a strong favorite to lap the field this year when measuring points from the blueline.