I’m back for a second time to review a Vancouver Canucks player. This time around, I’m taking an in-depth look at Jay Beagle.
After many seasons with the Washington Capitals, Beagle joined the Canucks in free agency last year. He is a veteran center who is really good in the defensive zone. Beagle typically slots in as a bottom six center and is a solid penalty killer.
Beagle is not a great offensive player. I think it’s well known amongst fans, coaches and general managers. Beagle has scored 20+ points only 3 times in his NHL career. And that didn’t change this season, he scored 3 goals and 10 assists in 57 games for his new team this season. It’s decent for his standards, but not great. However, Canucks fans shouldn’t be too hard on Beagle’s offensive production as its clearly not his strong-suit.
In the visual below from Sean Tierney, you’ll see just how in-effective Beagle was at creating offense. His carry-in percentage and primary shot contributions/60 were the lowest on the Canucks last season.
visual created by Sean Tierney, data from EvolvingWild and Corey Sznajder
It’s too hard to rate his defense this season. When you are playing on a team that isn’t in contention, it’s a challenge to grade a player’s defensive skill-set because the talent around him is usually of not great quality. But, Beagle did help the Vancouver Canucks have a better penalty kill percentage than quite a few NHL clubs. In fact, the Canucks’ penalty kill percentage was higher than the league’s average.
Again, it’s really hard to rate his defense. But, the big thing that we noticed was that Beagle became more physical last season. Even though he only played in 57 games, he managed to tally 102 hits, which is a career high for Beagle. Aside from last season’s hit totals, the highest amount of hits that Beagle had was 93 hits and that was back in 2013-14.
Beagle like most Vancouver players had an injury-riddled season. He missed 25 games this season. It was kind of surprising as he only missed 4 games in his last 2 years with Washington. Hopefully, Beagle will stay relatively healthy over the course of the rest his time in Vancouver.
There weren’t many expectations for Beagle this season and almost everyone saw that as a bad contract for Vancouver. It would have been nice if he helped spark better defense this season. Plus, when you add the horrible contract that Canucks general manager Jim Benning gave him, Canucks fans are just left in bitter disappointment. But, it’s truly a shame since Beagle seems like a great leader and great guy in the locker room.
My rating for Beagle is 1.5 out of 5.
stats from hockey-reference.com, EvolvingWild and Corey Sznajder
visual from Sean Tierney
featured image photo credit – Nikos Michals