Andrew Shaw

Montréal Canadiens: Getting Value For Shaw

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The Montréal Canadiens struck a deal with the Chicago Blackhawks earlier today. The Canadiens dealt Andrew Shaw and a 2021 7th round draft pick to the Blackhawks for a 2020 2nd round draft pick, a 2020 7th round draft pick and a 2021 3rd round draft pick.

In the tweet below, you’ll see the Montréal Canadiens twitter show the trade in a lovely graphic. Looks better than my opening paragraph, eh?

Jokes aside. This trade is a great one for the Canadiens. Andrew Shaw was eating up 3.9 million in cap space. Plus, he was coming off of a strong season, in which he managed to tally 19 goals and 28 assists (47 points) in 63 games. His point total was a career high. Shaw had never managed to muster 40 points in a seas on prior to last year.

Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin sold at the right time. He didn’t sit back and see if Shaw could have another stellar season in 2019-20. Instead, he pulled the trigger and agreed to a trade with Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman.

Personally, if you had asked me who won this trade, I’d give the edge to the Canadiens. If Shaw put up another mediocre campaign, Bergevin would never have received this kind of return. Instead, Bergevin stockpiles draft picks for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft and now has 12 draft selections. Twelve. Yep, you read that correctly. He’s got twelve picks for next year’s draft. It’s going to be one of the best draft classes in NHL history and now Bergevin has the chance to snag many assets for the Canadiens. In addition, he could use some of his fourth round draft picks (he’s got four of them for the 2020 Draft) and move up.

Also, the Canadiens add 3.9 million in cap space and now have 13.55 million in space. The Canadiens have a plethora of space and can now target some much needed depth forwards. There are quite a few forwards on the market, who could be great fits for the Canadiens. Justin Williams, Marcus Johansson, Derick Brassard, Patrick Marleau, Mats Zuccarello, Wayne Simmonds and Anders Lee are available.

For the Blackhawks, I simply don’t understand why Bowman agreed to this trade. I understand that the Blackhawks have quite a bit of familiarity with Shaw. Shaw had played in Chicago for five seasons before packing up and moving to Montréal. But, if Bowman truly was familiar with Shaw, he’d understand that Shaw isn’t a top six forward. He had a solid campaign in Montréal, but the production isn’t consistent with his production in previous seasons. Also, Bowman is giving up a second round pick, when he could easily get a top six forward for the future in next year’s draft. Honestly, it doesn’t make sense and it’s an awful move for Chicago.

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Montreal Canadiens

Montréal Canadiens: Don’t Judge A Player On Height

At the 2019 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver, the Montréal Canadiens selected Cole Caufield with the 15th overall pick.

Caufield was projected to go much higher than 15th, but there were many teams that weren’t keen on drafting players that are deemed under-sized. In fact, Minnesota Wild general manager Paul Fenton made comments at the draft explaining that he was quite intrigued by players that were taller than him.

Height

Unfortunately, height seems to be a way of avoiding talent and could come back to burn teams. There are several current and former hockey players in the NHL that are under-sized, but are great hockey players. Back in January of 2010, Liz Brownstein wrote a post for The Bleacher Report, in which she named several hockey players that are under six feet, who are stellar and top producing players. She brought up players such as Doug Weight, Mark Recchi, Jeff Skinner, Claude Giroux, Martin St. Louis, Sidney Crosby and Patrick Kane.

While Caufield is one of the smallest players to be drafted (5’7″), he can still have a great career. Plus, the Montréal Canadiens have proven again and again that height doesn’t matter. The Habs have several roster players under 6 feet including Paul Byron, Max Domi, Brendan Gallagher and Tomas Tatar. Last season, Gallagher, Domi and Tatar showed Montréal that hockey was officially back in Quebec. Okay, there was always hockey in Montréal, but the Habs for the first time in a few years showed that they were close to making a substantial playoff run. Unfortunately, their special teams play was a bit flat, but Gallagher, Domi and Tatar played excellent hockey and it was hard to shut down those forwards. In fact, earlier this year, I wrote a post about Gallagher being one of the best 5v5 forwards across the NHL last season. So, height doesn’t really matter. 

Caufield

But, going back to Caufield. The Canadiens were able to capitalize on the draft night. They stole Caufield from the hands of several teams. There are several draft analysts that have been comparing Caufield to Alex DeBrincat of the Chicago Blackhawks. If Caufield is anything like DeBrincat, fans across Montréal will be thanking Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin on a nightly basis. 

If you take a look at the video below from ProHockeyUpdate (@PHUpdateNHL), you’ll see just how special the American forward is. Caufield reminds me a lot of Patrick Kane and Auston Matthews. They seem to always find open ice and shift towards the net when their team has control in the offensive zone. Then they catch the defense off-guard once their teammate throws a cross-ice pass to them. Plus, Caufield has exceptional speed and does a stellar job picking his corners even when he’s at full speed. 

As you can see, Caufield is a gifted sniper. He’ll be dominant in the NHL one day down the road. But, he shouldn’t be criticized for his height. If his future teammates, Brendan Gallagher and Max Domi can steal show at the NHL, why can’t Caufield? 

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2019 NHL Draft: Potential Gems Part 1 – Atlantic Division

Welcome to a new series I’m starting here on Puck77. Hidden gems in the NHL Draft.

 
If you couldn’t tell already, I’m an absolute draft nut. And I was starting to get antsy with me not having done a prospect series of some sort in a while. One of my favourite weekends of the year just wrapped up, and as a result, all 31 NHL teams have a new crop of young talent in the pipelines. Some of them could be hall of famers, some of them could be NHL mainstays, some of them might not even see a game of professional hockey. But that’s the beauty of the draft. And to give you all a little more information on who to look out for, I’m going to start a series going over one potential hidden gem from each team’s 2019 draft class. Without further ado, let’s kick things off with the Atlantic Division.
 

Boston Bruins – Matias Mantykivi (D, 6th Round, 185th Overall)

 
The Bruins went slightly off the board with their first round pick and drafted forward John Beecher, a dynamic centre who has good size and great offensive tendencies to make it a good selection overall. Because they didn’t have a second or a fourth round pick, they ended up picking four more players on day two, with one of them being Matias Mantykivi.
 
Mantykivi is a small Finnish defenseman who spent the majority of this season palying for SaiPa U20 of the Jr. A SM-Liiga, which is essentially Finland’s junior league. He was very good offensively this season, putting up 36 points over 34 games for the team while also seeing some ice time with Kettera of the Mestis league (Finland’s version of the AHL) and Saipa of the SM-Liiga, their top league. It’s unknown where he will be playing next season, but the most likely scenario is that he remains in Finland to further develop his game until the Bruins believe he’s ready to come to North America.
 

Buffalo Sabres – Filip Cederqvist (LW, 5th Round, 143rd Overall)

 
Without a doubt, the Sabres’ most hyped up pick was forward Dylan Cozens, taken at seventh overall. The big centre from the WHL could look to provide a really solid one-two punch with Jack Eichel eventually. They also selected a solid two way defenseman at 31st overall in Ryan Johnson. After these two were selected, the Sabres went on to make four more picks, three of them being forwards and one of them being a goaltender. If I have to pick one of these guys to be a potential hidden gem, I’m going with Filip Cederqvist.
 
After getting passed over last year in his first year of eligibility, the Sabres took a flier on Cederqvist in the fifth round and it looks like a pick that could pay off for them. The Skara, Sweden native is a 6’1 winger who spent most of this season playing for the Vaxjo Lakers of the SHL and had a pretty solid campaign, putting up eight points in 33 games. He also spent time with the Lakers’ J20 team where he put up 32 points in 26 games. As of now, it seems like Cederqvist will spend most of his development in Sweden, but he could turn out to be something for the Sabres.
 

Detroit Red Wings – Albin Grewe (LW, 3rd Round, 66th Overall)

 
The Red Wings had one of the busiest days at the draft of any team, leaving Rogers Arena with 11 new prospects under their belts. Their first pick was off the board, but not surprising to me at all, taking German defenseman Moritz Seider at sixth overall. I firmly believe Seider could turn out to be a gem for the Wings, seeing that he wasn’t getting much coverage playing in Germany. But that’s a post for another time.
 
Instead, I’m going with Albin Grewe as the Wings’ hidden gem (his last name is pronounced Gree-vay. Don’t make the same mistake I did). He’s said to be a gritty winger who can also put the puck in the back of the net. Through 25 games with Djurgardens IF J20 of the SHL’s junior league, he put up 34 points. He’s under contract with Djurgardens IF of the SHL, and will more than likely start next season on the main squad rather than in the minors. I personally had Grewe going mid-second round, so the fact that they took him in the third round strikes me as a potential steal for the Red Wings.
 

Florida Panthers – Cole Schwindt (C, 3rd Round, 81st Overall)

 
With Roberto Luongo on the brink of retirement and James Reimer entertaining the possibility of getting bought out, it’s not at all surprising that the Panthers went with the top goaltending prospect in Spencer Knight as their first round pick. They had a busy day on day two, leaving with eight more draft picks. Out of all of the Panthers’ mid-to-late rounders, Cole Schwindt was the one that stood out to me.
 
The 6’2 Kitchener native spent this season with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, and finished a solid campaign with 49 points in 68 games. He has good size and he’s only 18 years old, so another year or two in the OHL could do wonders for him until the Panthers are ready to bring him to the pros. There’s a great chance we could see Schwindt turn into something.
 

Montreal Canadiens – Arsen Khisamutdinov (LW, 6th Round, 170th Overall)

 
The Habs got one of the first presumed steals of the draft in the first round, selecting forward Cole Caufield at 15th overall when he was projected to go as high as seventh overall. Like the Red Wings, the Canadiens had a busy day at the draft and left with ten new prospects. One of these ones was Arsen Khisamutdinov.
 
Khisamutdinov (I feel bad for the announcer who has to say that name) is an overage forward who was born in 1998 and spent this season playing back home in Russia. The 6’3 winger spent the majority of this season playing for Reaktor Nizhnekamsk of the MHL (Russia’s version of the CHL) and also impressed in a small sample size with Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk of the KHL, putting up five points over nine games. There always seems to be a number of overage Russians that go in the mid rounds of drafts, and Khisamutdinov looks like he could become a solid pickup for the Habs.
 

Ottawa Senators – Mads Sogaard (G, 2nd Round, 37th Overall)

 
The Senators could have had the fourth overall pick in this draft but sacrificed it in the deal that brought them Matt Duchene (who isn’t with the team anymore). Regardless, they ended up getting a first round pick back from the Columbus Blue Jackets in an ironic deal that sent Duchene to the Jackets. Either way, one first round pick is better than none, and they used theirs to select Lassi Thomson, a solid Finnish defenseman from the WHL. While they only selected six players this past weekend, they might have found a gem in Mads Sogaard.
 
It might be hard to call Sogaard a gem considering he’s a second round pick who was picked right around where he was projected to be, but he has potential to become a really good starting goalie in the league. The 6’7 Danish goalie spent this season with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL and finished with a record of 19-8-2 with a GAA of 2.64 and a save percentage of .921 to go with it. He will likely head back to the WHL for at least one more season, but he could turn out to be something special for the Sens.

 

Tampa Bay Lightning – Max Crozier (D, 4th Round, 120th Overall)

 
After drafting defenseman Cal Foote in the first round a couple of years back, the Lightning went with his younger brother in 2019, drafting forward Nolan Foote. The Bolts drafted a total of seven players in 2019, and one player in particular that sticks out as a potential gem is Max Crozier.
Crozier spent this season playing for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL, putting up 43 points in 60 games from the back end. Being 6’1 and right-handed, he already has an edge in terms of value over some other players. He’s committed to play for Providence College of the NCAA next year, and it will be interesting to see how he develops over a couple years of college hockey.
 

Toronto Maple Leafs – Mikko Kokkonen (D, 3rd Round, 84th Overall)

 
The Maple Leafs didn’t have a first round pick in 2019, but kicked things off in the second round by selecting skilled forward Nick Robertson at 53rd overall. They only made six picks this year, but their potential gem might have come in the third round in the form of Mikko Kokkonen.
 
After reading some scouting reports on his game, he was described as the type of defenseman who won’t blow you away with any one aspect of his game, but plays a steady all around game. He put up 16 points in 59 games for Jukurit of the SM-Liiga and is known to be good defensively as well. If his development goes according to plan, it’s possible he could cap out as a good top four defenseman at the NHL level.
 
Thanks for reading. Tune in next time when we’ll be going over a potential gem from each Central Division team.

2019 NHL Draft: Winners and Losers from Round 1

There are always teams that are perceived winners and losers on day one of the draft. No one will know who is truly and winner or loser for five years but we take a shot at picking out who made good choices and bad choices during day one.

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Winners

Colorado Avalanche (Winner of the Day)

The big winners of the day were the Colorado Avalanche. The team who absolutely robbed the Ottawa Senators in the Matt Duchene trade in November of 2017. In that trade they received a first round pick in either 2018 or 2019. When the Senators selected Brady Tkachuk last year, their 2019 first round pick went to the Avalanche. Despite finishing last in the league, the Senators lucked out and didn’t give up a top-three pick but ended up sending the fourth overall pick to Colorado.

With that pick, the Avalanche selected the clear-cut top defender in the draft, Bowen Byram. Clearly going for best player available, they continue to stack their blue line prospect pipeline. Adding the dynamic, potential number-one defender to the group that already includes Cale Makar, Sam Girard and Conor Timmins. The Avalanche blue line has the potential to be akin to the peak years of the Nashville Predators group.

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The moment that they truly jumped into winner category was when they selected high-skill center Alex Newhook. The speedy pivot was an absolute beast in the BCHL. Ranked as a top-ten prospect by many outlets and talent evaluators, Newhook’s fall to 16 in the draft was a minor shock. Colorado took advantage and solidified both their defensive core and added a future star in Newhook who slots in perfectly behind Nathan MacKinnon.

Montréal Canadiens

If it weren’t for the Avalanche arguably nabbing two top-seven prospects, the Montréal Canadiens would be the big winners. Cole Caufield‘s diminutive stature led to his fall from the top-10 down to Montréal at 15. This is a kid who can score goals. He may be just 5’7″ but he scored 72 goals last year in just 64 games, he possesses the best shot in the draft. After a year or two at the University of Wisconsin, Caufield is likely to light then league on fire with legitimate 40+ goal potential. The Canadiens stole the best goal scorer in the draft with the 15th pick.

Philadelphia Flyers

The team that couldn’t seem to make a good move in the week leading up to the draft, they made the only move at the draft. Trading back with the Arizona Coyotes, the Flyers gave up the 11th pick to move down to 14 and also acquire the 45th overall pick as well. This allowed the Philadelphia Flyers to select the defender that that wanted, USNTDP left-handed defenceman Cam York, as well as recouping an asset. The Coyotes selected the ultra-safe Victor Söderström with the 11th pick. The difference between York and Söderström isn’t so vast that trading up was necessary but the Flyers are the benefactors of the Coyotes eagerness to move up.

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Vegas Golden Knights

The Vegas Golden Knights we’re gifted a potential number one center at 17 with the selection of Peyton Krebs. The Winnipeg ICE center is a competitor and a high skilled guy. He led a talent-poor ICE team last season and was ranked all over the top-10. Falling out of that grouping because he partially tore his Achilles’ tendon, the young center wasn’t expected to play in the NHL next season so allowing their medical staff to help through the recovery will help the 17th overall pick.

Losers

Chicago Blackhawks (Loser of the Day)

The draft started at pick number three. The Chicago Blackhawks has the choice between a future number one defender in Bowen Byram and a potential stud In the mold of Patrice Bergeron by selecting Alex Turcotte. Their selection of Kirby Dach was a head scratcher. Although he has a high ceiling, Dach has a few warts in his game. The primary wart is the fact that he plays the game at a very slow pace. He’s methodical with his pace of the game and tends to slow things down. The way Dach does this may not translate to the NHL game of speed.

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Dach has the tools to be a top-line player, whether it’s at center or possibly on the wing, and he possesses good size. His dynamic offensive upside may be equal or slighter greater than Turcotte but the floor is vastly lower. Turcotte could have been a number one pick in a different draft and passing on that could be a cause for concern for the Blackhawks.

Ottawa Senators

Lassi Thomson has a bomb from the point. You don’t take a defender this high because his shot is elite. The rest of his game, particularly in the defensive zone, needs a ton of work. His offensive skill set is good and he is able to make a good first pass but at the 19th pick they had numerous blue liners with much more well rounded and transferable games. Another factor that goes into the Ottawa Senators being a loser here is the fact that they gave up the 4th overall pick (Bowen Byram) in the Duchene trade. It was almost a certainty that they’d land here in the loser column.

Detroit Red Wings

As the president of the Moritz Seider Fan club, this hurts. Seider is an excellent defender who showed offensive skill prior to his draft year. This year he played with Mannhiem in the DEL (top German men’s league) and was asked to focus on his defensive game. He did that and excelled. He grew throughout the year, going from playing 6-9 minutes a night at the beginning of the year to playing top-pair minutes in the playoffs where Mannheim won the league title. Seider could be an outstanding defenceman in the future and the selection of him is a win for the Detroit Red Wings but taking him at 6 was a bit of a reach. Rumour has it that they almost traded down but were tipped off that other teams in the top-10 were considering Seider as well so Steve Yzerman just went and got the player he wanted.

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Tampa Bay Lightning

Calling the Tampa Bay Lightning losers is basically setting myself up for failure, I’m not the Columbus Blue Jackets after all. Their selection of Nolan Foote caused a bit of an uproar amongst Lightning fans. They wanted a goal scorer and they chose a guy who wasn’t even among the top-three available. With Arthur Kaliyev, Bobby Brink and Raphael Lavoie both still sitting on the board, Foote was a player that felt like a reach. He has a few flaws outside of his goal scoring but so does Kaliyev. Kaliyev was just a better goal scorer. It’s a shock that the Lightning took an extremely flawed goal scorer with Kaliyev available and not make the choice to select the young Hamilton Bulldog winger. Foote has the capability of being a good goal scorer but it could end up much like the OHL scoring race where he is behind Kaliyev for years to come.

Day Two, Lets Go!

While there are many winners and losers when we instantly react on day one, day two should have a boat load of talent available.

The fact that day two of the draft will feature some round one talent isn’t new. It happens every year. This year feels like there is more than normal. The forward group above is outstanding and any of them could have gone in the first round without batting an eye. The teams at the top of the second round will get some excellent talent and be the beneficiaries of some of the questionable choices of the teams in the later half of the first round. You can go back and look at the reactions of some of the team at Puck77 here on our day one live blog. Day two is upon us and we are bound to have some fun! Follow along on the day two live blog and enjoy the draft!

For more the draft, prospects and the NHL in general you can follow me here at @TheTonyFerrari

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Puck77 Interview: Andrew Berkshire Of Sportsnet & Winnipeg Free Press

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Andrew Berkshire (@AndrewBerkshire – Twitter) of Rogers Sportsnet and the Winnipeg Free Press.

Berkshire has done great work over the course of his career. In his role with Rogers Sportsnet, he’s a columnist and covers the NHL as a whole. His role with the Winnipeg Free Press is a bit different as he tends to focus more on the Winnipeg Jets.

In my interview with Berkshire, we talked about the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Vancouver Canucks, the Edmonton Oilers, the Montréal Canadiens and the Winnipeg Jets. Let’s take a look at what Berkshire had to say about those clubs.

Zaitsev & Lucic

Josh: In your latest post for Sportsnet, you touched on the Nikita Zaitsev trade talks. Do you believe that the Toronto Maple Leafs will be able to pull off a Zaitsev trade or is he looking more like a buyout candidate?

Andrew: There’s always a market for right handed defencemen, even bad ones. I don’t think they’re likely to get the big haul that Toronto media is working hard to pretend they will, but they’ll be able to move him.

Josh: In a recent article, you discussed why Loui Eriksson would be a good fit in Edmonton. But, do you believe that Milan Lucic would be a good fit in Vancouver? Could he bust out of his shell?
Andrew: I think Lucic is a shell of the player he once was, but he’s not completely washed up. Edmonton continually pushed him to be a net front scorer and that’s never been his game. He’s a beast of a man so that gets you the reputation of going to the tough areas, but Lucic’s tendencies have always been as a perimeter playmaker first and foremost, who crashes the high slot to rip in heavy wrist shots. He can get to the net front, but usually as the second man in. If he’s allowed to play his own game, he can probably still be a decent 3rd line guy.

Montréal

Josh: For many folks across the industry and kids growing up, you are viewed as a mentor. A lot of times, we in the industry have to write posts that aren’t necessarily in our comfort zone. As a Montréal Canadiens fan, do you find it challenging to write positively about other teams? 
Andrew: I’m not really a Canadiens fan anymore, not because I couldn’t be and continue to write objectively, I just fell out of love. I find this common question super interesting because there’s an impression that’s put out by media that no one with a press pass is a fan. It’s very untrue, and even if someone isn’t a fan in the normal sense, they will have the same biases as fans by covering one team constantly. They’ll know more about that team and tend to favour its players, they’ll have relationships with players and either like or dislike them, which absolutely colours coverage despite all protestations, and a lot of folks are just fans who don’t admit it. There’s more cheering in the press box than anyone wants to admit. With that said, it’s never been difficult for me to write positively about other teams, even when I was a hardcore fan. Part of that likely stems from the nature of what I do. I critically analyze, and if someone or some team is good, I’m not about to find excuses to say they’re not, and the same goes if they’re bad. I’m never really in a situation where I have to write glowingly about something I dislike about a team, which clearly helps make my job easier. The toughest thing in my job is when I’m asked to look into a player and see if there’s something interesting going on, but there just isn’t. Unsatisfying conclusions suck.
Josh: Noix JouleSon (@Abscoverage) recently posted a poll on the Habs. He talked about whether or not Brendan Gallagher is a top 6 forward or an elite forward. While his 5v5 play was spectacular, he wasn’t able to get the Habs’ power-play where they needed to be. If Marc Bergevin acquires the necessary talent to bolster their power-play, can we consider Gallagher an elite forward when he posts 70+/80+ points or is he still a top 6 forward?
Andrew: Gallagher is a top-line forward, full stop. Whether he’s elite depends on your definition of the word. For me elite means top-5 at your position. I have Gallagher in the 12-8 range so I wouldn’t call him elite, but at 5-vs-5 only he probably would be a top-5 right wing in the NHL. Unfortunately the nature of his game doesn’t lend itself to a big powerplay impact unless other areas of the powerplay function at a high level. You can have the best net front guy in the world, but if you don’t have anyone who can shoot and make plays on the half wall, or a defenceman who can walk the blueline and find seams for shots and passes, it won’t help. I wouldn’t lay the PP struggles on him.
Josh: Karl Alzner has had a rough time in Montreal. Do you believe that Bergevin might be ready to buy-out his contract? Also, do you believe that Alzner’s deal will prevent Bergevin from spending quite a bit of money on high-priced UFAs in the future?
Andrew: I can’t see a buyout in Alzner’s future unless the NHL throws out some more compliance ones. Alzner’s deal is structured in a way that the Canadiens would only get buyout savings in 2 of the next 3 years, then have another million or so against the cap for an extra three seasons. Better to wait it out or find a trade partner. I don’t think it’ll make Bergevin shy about UFAs, if anything I would hope it led to a restructuring of what the organization considers important.

Winnipeg

Josh: In a post that I wrote earlier this year, I spoke highly about Kyle Connor and why he should be paid more than Patrik Laine this summer. I just love how Connor’s role is better for the team as he’s better all-around than Laine. But, do you see different? Do you believe that Laine will earn more?
Andrew: Laine will earn more because his skill set is too tantalizing. He has the potential to be the next Ovechkin, and Ovi is about as one-dimensional as Laine is. Connor is a good player, but one thing I noted for the Winnipeg Free Press this season is that Connor has not played well apart from Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler. He hasn’t been a play driver at any point. What would we think of Laine if he played most of his career with Scheifele instead of Bryan Little? I think to be honest, Connor is the riskier player to give big money to.
Josh: This past season, we saw a minor setback in Connor Hellebuyck‘s performance. Do you believe that he’ll get back to his 2017-2018 self next season?
Andrew: I’m not sure. Goalies are always hard to predict, but one area I usually look at season to season is high danger save percentage. According to the data I have, Hellebuyck’s save percentage on high danger chances was only about league average in his Vezina nominated year. He made up most of that great save percentage in the high slot and perimeter, and the fact that the Jets were one of the best teams in the league at cutting down high danger chances. Last season that wasn’t the case, and his performance suffered. Adjusted for the shots he faced, he was still worse this season, but not by as much as you would think. How Hellebuyck’s save percentage trends will have a lot to do with how the Jets defend.
Josh: Jack Roslovic will be entering his contract year. With the Jets moving Kevin Hayes‘ rights to Philadelphia, do you believe that Roslovic will be ready to play second line minutes or will Bryan Little be the second line centre?
Andrew: Roslovic was really inconsistent last year, but there were flashes towards the end of the season that he might be ready to step up a bit. If the answer is Bryan Little, it’s a bad answer. His performance has tanked recently as he hit age 30 or so. It would be a big step up for Roslovic to take that spot, but he’s certainly capable. I’m really not sure if he’s ready though.

Thank You

Thank you Andrew for taking the time to speak with me. I look forward to interviewing you again in the future.

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