Leafs' Chance Takers (Christmas break update)

Slava Duris
December 22 2010 04:09PM

Here's an up-to-date table that shows the number of Scoring Chances that came off the stick of each Leaf player thus far in the 2010-11 campaign.

I've listed their total count and then the number of chances they had at 5-on-5 and 5-on-4.  I have no data from the Nov. 18 game against New Jersey.

TSC - Total Scoring Chances
TGC - Total Goals (scoring chances converted into goals), goals that weren't counted as a scoring chance are not included. ChS % - Scoring Chance Shooting Percentage.

Player TSC TG ChS % 5v5 C 5v5 G 5v4 C 5v4 G
P. KESSEL 87 11 12.8 58 5 20 3
M. GRABOVSKI 72 9 12.5 53 7 14 2
N. KULEMIN 65 9 13.8 47 7 2 1
K. VERSTEEG 59 7 11.9 32 3 20 1
T. BOZAK 43 4 9.3 29 1 12 3
C. MACARTHUR 43 9 20.9 34 6 9 3
T. KABERLE 19 1 5.3 8 1 11 0
F. SJOSTROM 18 1 5.6 16 1 0 0
N. KADRI 17 0 0 15 0 1 0
F. BEAUCHEMIN 15 2 13.3 10 2 3 0
J. MITCHELL 14 1 7.1 12 0 1 1
D. PHANEUF 14 1 7.1 8 1 6 0
T. BRENT 13 3 23.1 12 3 1 0
C. ARMSTRONG 13 1 7.7 12 1 0 0
M. BROWN 11 1 9.1 10 1 0 0
L. CAPUTI 10 0 0 9 0 1 0
L. SCHENN 9 1 11.1 7 1 2 0
B. LEBDA 6 0 0 3 0 2 0
C. ORR 4 2 50.0 4 2 0 0
C. GUNNARSSON 3 0 0 3 0 0 0
M. ZIGOMANIS 3 0 0 3 0 0 0
M. KOMISAREK 3 0 0 2 0 0 0
J. CRABB 2 0 0 2 0 0 0
K. AULIE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. HOLZER 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

A few notes:

- The Leafs top six forwards have taken 67.9 % (368 of 542) of all Toronto's scoring chances; at 5-on-5, 65.0 % (253 of 389).
- Phil Kessel leads the team in Scoring Chances as well as total goals.  Per game, Kessel averages 2.7 chances.
- In the first 12 games of the season, Mikhail Grabovski had 24 chances and no goals. Since then, he's scored 9 goals on 48 chances and added 2 more goals from non-scoring chance areas (he's been scoring from everywhere lately).  He has 8 goals in his last 9 games, and 12 in his last 21.
- Nazem Kadri ought to hit the back of the net one of these days, as he currently sits with 17 chances but has yet to score his first NHL goal.
- Kris Versteeg scored 3 goals while the Leafs had a two-man advantage, off of 4 chances. Meanwhile, he leads the team in SCs at 5-on-4 and potted just 1 goal there.
- Clark MacArthur has contributed only 6 Scoring Chances in his last 10 games.

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Slava Duris started writing at his blog "Under the Helmet of Slava Duris" in May of 2009. He is currently engaged in a project to count scoring chances for the Toronto Maple Leafs this season. Slava chose his moniker in tribute to Vitezslav "Slava" Duris, a defenceman who defected from Czechoslovakia in the early 1980s to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs and was known for wearing one of the goofiest looking helmets in Leafs history.
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#1 Steve Lansky
December 22 2010, 04:28PM
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Please forgive me, as I'm sure you've explained this before, how do you define a scoring chance? Is is an arbitrary decision by you? Does that mean a shot that hits the post is not a scoring chance? Also, a long shot from centre ice would not be a scoring chance? Or do you do it differently?

Because Kessel has 87 SCs, but only 78 5-on-5 and 5-on-4, does mean the nine others came shorthanded and on 5-on-3s?

I love the chart...just wondering about the details. Do you do all this while you are watching the game...or is it a slow process with the PVR?

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#3 Steve Lansky
December 22 2010, 06:11PM
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Cool...thanks...and well done.

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