On a team with an endless future and miles of memories on the horizon, there are very few stories nearing their end. Matt Hendricks is a throwback in a sea of new beginnings—and he wears it well. (Don’t Let The Darkness).
MATT HENDRICKS 13-14
- 5×5 points per 60: 0.62 (13th among regular forwards)
- 5×4 points per 60: nil
- Qual Comp: 10th toughest competition among regulars (third-fourth line)
- Qual Team: 12th best competition among regulars (fourth line)
- Corsi for 5×5 %: 40.8
- Corsi for 5×5 % REL: -2.7
- Zone Start: 16.2% (toughest on the team among regular forwards)
- Shots on goal/percentage: 49/6.1% (10th among F’s >45 or more shots)
- Boxcars: 33, 3-0-3
MATT HENDRICKS 14-15
- 5×5 points per 60: 1.11 (8th among regular forwards)
- 5×4 points per 60: 3.44 (7th among regular forwards)
- Qual Comp: 7th toughest competition among regulars (third line)
- Qual Team: 6th best competition among regulars (second line)
- Corsi for 5×5 %: 45.1
- Corsi for 5×5 % REL: -10.7
- Zone Start: 24.3% (2nd toughest on the team among regular forwards)
- Shots on goal/percentage: 103/7.8%
- Boxcars: 71GP, 8-8-16
MATT HENDRICKS 15-16
- 5×5 points per 60: 0.76 (13th among regular forwards)
- 5×4 points per 60: 0.00
- Corsi for 5×5 %: 45.6
- Qual Comp: 11th toughest competition among regulars (fourth line)
- Qual Team: 15th best competition among regulars (fourth line)
- Corsi for 5×5 % REL: -9.2
- Shots on goal/percentage: 62/8.1%
- Boxcars: 68GP, 5-7-12 (.176)
WAR ON ICE PLAYER CHARTS
Matt Hendricks shows up in the ‘easier opposition’ portion of the graph, and of course the zone starts (among those that started from a face-off) skewed to the defensive end.
RE 15-16: 60GP, 3-3-6 .100
ACTUAL 15-16: 68GP, 5-7-12 .176
- Did Todd McLellan use him differently? A little, but not often. Hendricks played on a skill line for a brief period (52 minutes with Nuge, 47 minutes with Hall) but that was about seven percent of his total 5×5 icetime.
- No difference at all under McLellan? More faceoffs (450 this year as opposed to 198 a year ago) but that probably had a lot to do with injury/ineffective player.
- That Lander, he is no good. Actually, Lander was solid in the FO circle.
- Did Hendricks set any career highs? Just the faceoffs.
- Did McLellan use his fourth-line a lot? In 2014-15, Dallas Eakins, Craig MacTavish and Todd Nelson used 10 men for 15 minutes or more a game (on average) at forward. Those gents used the fourth line (Hendricks, Boyd Gordon, others) about 13 minutes a night. In 2015-16, McLellan used nine men for 15 or more minutes per game (on average) at forward. McLellan used his fourth line (Hendricks, Korpikoski) over 13 minutes a night—but he rotated those men higher on the roster. Hendricks played about the same amount season over season, especially at 5×5.
- How good was his season? I think it was solid to good. Hendricks has been a very good Oiler and I think one of the few reliable bottom 6Fs during his time here.
- You didn’t like the trade. I felt they had to deal Dubnyk—he had cratered and the new coach had to move away from him—and you knew he wasn’t going to deliver a handsome return. I was okay with the deal, with those things understood.
- You hated the trade. One of the good things about these conversations is the evidence is readily available. I said Hendricks is a player we’ve discussed before, he brings clarity to the roster (Lander is probably gone, either back to Europe or to another team) and adds a physical element many felt the team needed, but he does not add that element on the skill lines. Source
- Dripping with hatred. I like both players in the deal, as is often the case in these things.
- How much time left on his contract? One more year, $1.85 million.
- Is he eroding as a player? Hendricks turns 35 in June and was never a skill player—he has never scored 10 goals in a season. He is in the range where his final season in the NHL will be his next poor one.
- Oh come on. That is how it works.
- Boy, the Oilers have ended a lot of careers. True, but Hendricks has done well in this environment. I don’t think anyone should feel sorry for him—to the contrary, I think it is fair to praise his ability to sustain this level at his age.
- Why do you like him? I think he is a capable veteran, and Edmonton needs these guys badly. If you look at Hendricks with or without Lauri Korpikoski at 5×5, you get a 47 percent Corsi player. Considering the defensive issues on this team, for me Hendricks is a player who is worth keeping around.
- Do you think they will they trade him? If they do it will be at the deadline.
- So, at the draft then? Book it.
- Were is offensive zone starts as severe this season? No. Hockey-reference has him at 39.7 Ozone as opposed to 24 percent a year ago.
- So maybe by running in place offensively and in Corsi, he is actually going backwards because he didn’t spike offensively? Hmmm. It could mean that, but his centers were Anton Lander and Mark Letestu. He played 124 5×5 minutes with Lander, no points. He did get six points with Letestu, in about six hours work.
- So this season is less about his erosion and more about his line? I think so, yes. He played with Letestu and Korpikoski on a line for 214 minutes and they posted a 45.60 Corsi for percentage at 5×5.
- Why this song? Such a wonderful song. I think it is about endings, and about giving everything and not having regrets—or at least trying to reach that point. I think it is a perfect song for Matt Henrdicks, now.