For the first part of the second annual Year in Review, let’s look at the team/individual stats for the year, along with some league rankings:
Record: 31-34-6-5, 73 points. Home: 18-13-4-3. Road: 13-21-2-2.
Leading Point Scorers (top 5): Joe Whitney (44), Steve Zalewski (41), Vladimir Zharkov (39), Eric Gelinas (37), Matt Anderson (31)
Goals Leader: Steve Zalewski (19)
Assists Leader: Joe Whitney (29)
Plus/Minus Leader: J.S. Berube & Dan Kelly (+6)
Penalty Minutes Leader: Tim Sestito (127)
Power Play Goals: Eric Gelinas (8)
Short Handed Goals: Vladimir Zharkov (3)
Game Winning Goals: Tim Sestito (5)
Wins: Keith Kinkaid (17)
Shutouts: Keith Kinkaid (3)
Minutes: Keith Kinkaid (2346:50)
Save Percentage: Jeff Frazee (.906)
Goals Against Average: Jeff Frazee (2.67)
Record: 31-34-6-5, 5th place in division, 14th in conference, 28th overall.
Attendance: 3,435 average, 30th.
Penalty Minutes: 1,252 minutes for an average of 16.47 per game. 11th.
Power Play: 14.4%, tied for 28th.
Penalty Kill: 80.0%, tied for 27th.
Short Handed Goals: 7, tied for 15th.
Goals For/Game: 2.50, 28th.
Goals Against/Game: 2.97, tied for 22nd.
When I was setting up this list, I used last year’s categories as an example. Now while these stats here aren’t exactly impressive, they are all an improvement on last year’s numbers. I had noted last season the team’s lack of discipline and how it cost the special teams in the end. This year, without a true enforcer (or in this case 2 of them), the PIMs dropped off considerably, by about 700. That’s a pretty big difference. In turn, there was a slight improvement in special teams stats…moving up about 2-3 slots. Baby steps!
Another big improvement was the goals against average…last year it was a dead last 3.54, this year it dropped down to 2.97. Great sign for the future depth of goaltending in the organization…and with the possible addition of Scott Wedgewood next season, it has potential to go down lower. But now offense is sorely needed, as goals for dropped off by about 0.2. That can partially be attributed to Adam Henrique’s graduation to New Jersey and Matt Anderson missing a chunk of the season due to injury. Hopefully this is something that will be addressed during the offseason.
Stay tuned later this week for Part 2: Fun With Numbers…