Now that we’re through the RE breakdown, there are a few issues I’d like to revisit. Issue 1: the sixth man among the forwards.
- 5×5 points per 60: 0.75 (12th among regular forwards)
- 5×4 points per 60: 2.84 (9th among regular forwards)
- Qual Comp: 9th toughest among regular forwards
- Qual Team: 11th best teammates among regular forwards
- Corsi Rel: 6.6 (3rd best among regular forwards)
- Zone Start: 47.7% (4th among regular forwards)
- Zone Finish: 49.9% (6th best among regular forwards)
- Shots on goal/percentage: 79/2.5% (10th among F’s>75 shots)
- Boxcars: 41, 2-6-8
- Plus Minus: -7 on a team that was -26.
I want to draw your attention to the bolded item–zone starts and finish, along with CorsiRel and Qual Comp. It’s a weird line, really. Paajarvi had pretty tough zone starts for a player of his age, and even considering the soft parade opposition his CorsiRel is very good compared to the other Oilers.
On the other hand he couldn’t put the puck in the ocean.
So, when we begin to discuss the sixth man among the skill forwards:
- Taylor Hall
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
- Jordan Eberle
- Ales Hemsky
- Sam Gagner
I would like to ask you some questions:
- Is Paajarvi a more promising 6th forward than Ryan Smyth?
- Is Paajarvi a more promising 6th forward than Ryan Jones?
- Is Paajarvi suited to an offensive role?