What's wrong with Johnny Gaudreau?

Kent Wilson
February 20 2017 12:00PM

It's been a rough season for the Flames' most dangerous player. 

With 11 goals and 35 points in 49 games, Gaudreau is on track to put up his worst goal per game (0.22) and points per game (0.71) pace since entering the league. He has just two goals in his last 22 contests and was recently demoted the fourth line for a few periods after a poor turnover that led to a goal against. On top of all that, he's an unsightly -18. 

A lot of theories have cropped up to explain Gaudreau's struggles. Eric Francis and Brian McGrattan suggested the team isn't tough enough to protect Gaudreau, leading to less scoring. Many fans have pointed to Glen Gulutzan as the culprit, with the notion that the new bench boss' systems are suppressing his stars' scoring. I've also seen the theory that the league has "adapted" to Gaudreau and he has to find new ways to generate points or that the player suffers from off-ice issues.

Out of curiosity, I took a look at Gaudreau's numbers to see what they could reveal. Have his coach or teammates somehow failed him, leading to fewer chances and shots? Has the league figured out how to keep Gaudreau away from the dangerous areas? Is he partying too much?

Spoiler alert: Probably not.   

The assertion that Gaudreau hasn't actually been worse this year is a bit shocking given his results. Even by eye, he seems less dangerous and more prone to error. Follow me through a few layers of numbers to understand why I think he'll be okay in the long run. 

Let's get the bad stuff out of the way first. Yup, Gaudreau's even strength counting numbers are pretty bad this year relative to expectations. He is scoring just 1.59 even strength points/60 minutes, the lowest rate in his career to date. His GF%, or goals for and against ratio at 5on5, is just 37%, which explains that ugly plus/minus rating. Previous to this year, the Flames enjoyed positive goal ratios with Gaudreau on the ice (54% and 53%, respectively). 

Shot attempts

All of that seems pretty damning, but if we dig deeper, we find something surprising: almost all of the Gaudreau's other underlying numbers have actually improved this season. I've broken the information up into three tables to give proper context. We'll start with the shot attempts and expected goal rates:

Player Season GP TOI CF% FF% SF% xGF60 xGF% xFSh% SCF60 SCF%
JOHNNY.GAUDREAU 20142015 80 1115.12 46.49 47.17 47.48 2.31 47.39 5.98 7.8 46.93
JOHNNY.GAUDREAU 20152016 79 1184.96 49.55 49.63 50.99 2.49 48.97 6.15 8.41 48.68
JOHNNY.GAUDREAU 20162017 49 694.41 51.29 50.98 52.19 2.62 50.53 6.32 8.21 51.63

(All numbers from Corsica Hockey)

I have included Gaudreau's results from his rookie and sophomore seasons for comparison purposes. Skip the next two paragraphs if you are familiar with these stats.

This table contains corsi ratios, or all shot attempts at the net (CF%); fenwick ratios (FF%), which excludes all shots except blocked attempts; shots on net (SF%); as well as two scoring chances measures (scoring chances for per 60 minutes of ice and scoring chance ratio). 

The metrics with an "X" in front of them are expected rates based on shot volume, type, location, etc. Meaning xGF60 is expected goals for per 60 minutes of ice according to this model. xGF% is expected goal ratio and xFSh% is expected fenwick shooting percentage. 

As mentioned, almost all of Gaudreau's underlying numbers are better this year. The team gets a higher ratio of shot attempts with him on the ice and a greater percentage of scoring chances as well. In terms of expected goals, the Flames are expected to be scoring more often with Gaudreau on the ice this year than they have previously (2.62 GF/60) and they have a higher expected fenwick SH% as well (6.32). The only measure that is slightly down is scoring chances per 60 at 8.21. But even then, that's a higher rate than he managed as a rookie (7.80). 

This seems almost unbelievable. By many of these measures, Gaudreau should be having his best NHL season to date, not his worst. What's behind the poor results?

The percentages

Player Season GP CSh% FSh% Sh% Sv% PDO xPDO
JOHNNY.GAUDREAU 20142015 80 5.31 7.4 10.6 91.86 102.46 100.05
JOHNNY.GAUDREAU 20152016 79 5.21 7.13 9.6 91.07 100.66 99.84
JOHNNY.GAUDREAU 20162017 48 2.91 3.97 5.31 90.43 95.55 99.79

This table is simpler. It is Gaudreau's on-ice shooting percentages and PDO (SH% + SV%) for each season so far.

The culprit behind Gaudreau's bad half season becomes clear here. For his first two seasons in the league, the Flames scored on about 5.25% of the total shots they took on the net when Gaudreau was on the ice. This year? Less than 3%. That's also true of fenwick SH% (3.97% versus over 7%) and typical shooting percentage (5.31% versus 10%). 

Essentially, pucks are going in at about half the rate they have previously with Gaudreau on the ice at even strength. That's despite the improved shot numbers and expected goals metrics we noted in the first table.

Which brings us to PDO and expected (xPDO). As you can see, Gaudreau's PDO is a putrid 95.55 this year, way below the league average of 100 and his own PDO before this season (about 101). His expected PDO is pretty much right in line with league norms, but for whatever reason, the bounces haven't gone his way this season.  

Individual shot attempts

So far, we've looked at team/line based stats. I also wanted to include Gaudreau's individual even strength metrics to see if there was any indication of poor play or problem areas. 

Player Season Team GP TOI iCF60 iFF60 iSF60 iSh% ixG60 ixFSh% iSCF60 Avg.DIST
JOHNNY.GAUDREAU 20142015 CGY 80 1115.12 11.14 8.29 6.19 11.3 0.59 7.09 2.04 25.31
JOHNNY.GAUDREAU 20152016 CGY 79 1184.96 12 9.32 6.84 13.33 0.62 6.7 2.18 26.04
JOHNNY.GAUDREAU 20162017 CGY 49 680.62 12.19 9.85 7.78 7.78 0.66 6.65 1.9 23.29

This table contains individual shots/shot attempts, as well as expected goals. The final column includes his average shot distance for added context.

Once again, we see career average or better metrics almost across the board. Gaudreau is managing more total shot attempts (12.19/60), unblocked shot attempts (9.85/60) and individual shots on net (7.78/60) than ever has before. His expected individual goals per 60 is 0.66 this year, again the highest it has ever been. He's also shooting from about three feet closer to the net than previous in his career. 

The main problem area is, of course, a big drop in shooting percentage. Gaudreau was a better than 12% shooter at 5on5 up until this season. In 2016-17, he's scoring on less than 8% of his shots. 

The only other indication of a downward trend is individual scoring chances for per 60, with his own chance attempts falling to 1.90 from a previous norm of about 2.10. Given all the other data we have, that's not nearly enough to be worried about. 

Conclusion

Johnny Gaudreau's performance metrics are uniformly in line with his career norms to date, except for shooting percentage. From shot rates to expected goal rates, Gaudreau's numbers suggest he has been as good or better than ever before. Unfortunately, the puck is not going in for either himself or his linemates this season for whatever reason. The Flames have better shot ratios, better chance ratios, and better expected goals ratios than in Gaudreau's previous two seasons, but his offensive output and goal differentials are lousy. 

This is obviously frustrating, but it's actually good news. We know that things like shooting percentage and PDO can vary randomly over shorter samples, meaning this dry spell is unlikely to last over the long term. If Gaudreau's shot and chance metrics were also down there would be need for greater alarm and other explanations for his output to date (like bad coaching or poor off-ice habits). However, given that the only thing that's down this year is the percentages, we can expect Gaudreau to rediscover his form as a matter of course at some point. 

Some may wonder why Gaudreau also looks poor if many of his underlying numbers are improved or stable. The answer is that bad results and lousy percentages will make any player look bad because we both consciously and unconsciously evaluate guys by things like goals for and against. When the puck isn't going in for a guy who is supposed to score, his faults become magnified and his strengths muted. 

Once Gaudreau's on-ice shooting percentage regresses to the mean, he'll start to look like the player we've come to know and love in Calgary. 

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#1 Southalb43
February 20 2017, 12:13PM
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I think McGrattans right, it's a combination of not being tough enough and not having a highly skilled player for him to work with. I would much rather see the money being paid to stajan put toward a talented top 6 forward who capitalizes on plays gaudreau makes (or makes plays for gaudreau) and quite honestly wouldn't have a problem with calling up Bollig to fill the spot as a cost efficient and tough role player. With Bollig, Bouma, Hathaway, Ferland and Engelland this team would have lots of options and certainly be tough enough

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#2 Pizanno
February 20 2017, 12:14PM
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Please forward this blog to Mr. Gaudreau. He may need to see it too. Everyone likes positive reinforcement.

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#3 Eggs Bennett
February 20 2017, 12:25PM
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Interesting post. Thanks for the perspective, Kent. Wonder what your thoughts on the seemingly less effectiveness Johnny has on the PP? He's shooting from his strong side instead of off wing more this season than last.

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#5 Eggs Bennett
February 20 2017, 12:29PM
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Southalb43 wrote:

I think McGrattans right, it's a combination of not being tough enough and not having a highly skilled player for him to work with. I would much rather see the money being paid to stajan put toward a talented top 6 forward who capitalizes on plays gaudreau makes (or makes plays for gaudreau) and quite honestly wouldn't have a problem with calling up Bollig to fill the spot as a cost efficient and tough role player. With Bollig, Bouma, Hathaway, Ferland and Engelland this team would have lots of options and certainly be tough enough

Did you even read the post? Functional toughness is valuable, but not brute toughness. You need speed and skill before size (look at the cup Champs the last two years). I guess the boneheads who think that teams need brute toughness to win in this league don't like things such as reading or numbers.

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#6 flames2015
February 20 2017, 12:35PM
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Southalb43 wrote:

I think McGrattans right, it's a combination of not being tough enough and not having a highly skilled player for him to work with. I would much rather see the money being paid to stajan put toward a talented top 6 forward who capitalizes on plays gaudreau makes (or makes plays for gaudreau) and quite honestly wouldn't have a problem with calling up Bollig to fill the spot as a cost efficient and tough role player. With Bollig, Bouma, Hathaway, Ferland and Engelland this team would have lots of options and certainly be tough enough

Have never seen a worse suggestion

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#7 TrumpeterSwan
February 20 2017, 12:36PM
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A very good analysis. Is it possible that Gaudreaus shooting percentage is down because his shooting opportunities are of lesser quality this year? I forever see him getting caught up in defenceman and taking shots from the perimeter this year.

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#8 Thatz Nuckin Futz
February 20 2017, 12:38PM
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I doubt if its a singular issue. I'm sure its a situation that has many layers to it.

For sure the opposition has adjusted to JH. That's to be expected. But he's too talented to fold up on that alone.

Defenders have figured out how to chop at his hands and not take a penalty or face any street justice from the ranks of the Flames. That has to be discouraging.

Maybe JH has a bad rep with the refs and that's why there's no calls on these hand slashes. Spillover from the Wide man Effect?

Its obvious the kid has lost some confidence and I'm not close enough to see if the Flames coaching crew has the talent to get him through this stretch. GG's tactics have left me underwhelmed up to this but who knows for sure.

I just hope that Tre/GG don't mess this up by doing something stupid with this kid. He's got a ton of phenom moves.

GFG

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#9 Village Idiot Union
February 20 2017, 12:39PM
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Nicely done as always Kent.

*steps away from the ledge*

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#10 Brick
February 20 2017, 12:45PM
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The opposing goalies can see the puck all too well this year. If they can see it, they usually stop it.

His line needs to get into the dirty areas to score more.

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#11 cjc
February 20 2017, 12:50PM
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On point as always. I think the lack of skill on the RW is a big problem though - not to mention Monahan's struggles. Would be interesting to see a similar analysis for him.

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#12 Jakethesnail
February 20 2017, 12:51PM
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Play him with guys that have skill and size not just size. Calgary is very limited in that respect. I.e. Maroon in Edmonton.

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#13 RealMcHockeyReturns
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Southalb43 wrote:

I think McGrattans right, it's a combination of not being tough enough and not having a highly skilled player for him to work with. I would much rather see the money being paid to stajan put toward a talented top 6 forward who capitalizes on plays gaudreau makes (or makes plays for gaudreau) and quite honestly wouldn't have a problem with calling up Bollig to fill the spot as a cost efficient and tough role player. With Bollig, Bouma, Hathaway, Ferland and Engelland this team would have lots of options and certainly be tough enough

Get in your time machine with Don Cherry and go back to the 1970s!

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#14 Howie Meeker
February 20 2017, 01:00PM
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It seems like a combination of many factors have put a dent in JG armor. A new coach, a new system, a new line mate and Monahan's slow start.

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#15 Howie Meeker
February 20 2017, 01:00PM
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It seems like a combination of many factors have put a dent in JG armor. A new coach, a new system, a new line mate and Monahan's slow start.

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#16 Heeeeeeere's Johnny!
February 20 2017, 01:08PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Unless skating a bunch of tough guys is going to somehow improve Gaudreau's linemates shooting percentage, I don't think this is the answer to his issues.

Speaking of linemates ... perhaps if Monahan could toughen up and use his size a bit more that might help. He doesn't have to drop the mitts, just drop a few more guys on their backsides.

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#17 Southalb43
February 20 2017, 01:10PM
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Eggs Bennett wrote:

Did you even read the post? Functional toughness is valuable, but not brute toughness. You need speed and skill before size (look at the cup Champs the last two years). I guess the boneheads who think that teams need brute toughness to win in this league don't like things such as reading or numbers.

Are you suggesting that Bouma, Ferland, Hathaway and Engelland aren't functional toughness? Both Chicago and Pittsburgh each only had a small handful of players under 6' (Kane, Crosby etc) with lots of bigger players (Bickell, Fehr etc) and if by "functional toughness" you're disagreeing with me about Stajan or suggesting he plays tough, you should probably start watching Midget AA or a slower pace that you can follow a bit closer

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#18 Southalb43
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Heeeeeeere's Johnny! wrote:

Speaking of linemates ... perhaps if Monahan could toughen up and use his size a bit more that might help. He doesn't have to drop the mitts, just drop a few more guys on their backsides.

I completely agree, he doesn't play to his size which doesn't create as much room for Gaudreau as a result

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Southalb43 wrote:

I think McGrattans right, it's a combination of not being tough enough and not having a highly skilled player for him to work with. I would much rather see the money being paid to stajan put toward a talented top 6 forward who capitalizes on plays gaudreau makes (or makes plays for gaudreau) and quite honestly wouldn't have a problem with calling up Bollig to fill the spot as a cost efficient and tough role player. With Bollig, Bouma, Hathaway, Ferland and Engelland this team would have lots of options and certainly be tough enough

Those guys are tough but not much skill!

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#20 freethe flames
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This in an informative read but it still leads to the same conclusion; the Flames could use a legitimate RW to compliment Johnny. Having someone who goes into the tough areas time after time would likely help his shooting %, more screens, more rebounds etc. The only guy who has not really been given a look at this position is Tkachuk. Then again you could always make a trade.

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#21 Southalb43
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Jakethesnail wrote:

Those guys are tough but not much skill!

You're right but as bottom 6 (up to 13/14 forwards) I see them as a better option than Stajan with an inflated salary. I'd rather see that spent on a top 6 forward for more pp options, etc

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#22 Newbietwo
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Johnny years before used to enter the offensive zone and almost hit the goalie blue line before pivoting back.. defenders used to give him that room and now they swarm in the second he it's the o zone.. that is the difference!!

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#23 ThisBigMouthIsRight
February 20 2017, 01:28PM
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Stats on paper are all fine & dandy even important and have a legitimate smart place in Hockey, but... What I would really like to see be analyzed is Hartley's Vs Gulutzan's Zone Entry and offensive Attack plan/schemes/styles. What are the major & even minor differences between the two? Could they be factored into the then and now production/success levels? P.S. The Hulking 5'10"- 190pnd Jiri Hudler seemed to do OK on the wing with JH & SM.

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#24 Burnward
February 20 2017, 01:35PM
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The stretch may have been tough at times when it didn't work, but it opened up a lot of space.

This more unit based attack is muzzling the offense for Johnny. No space.

Playing on the wrong side on the PP doesn't help either.

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#25 Newbietwo
February 20 2017, 01:42PM
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What needs to be understood is that Hartleys system was created for forced offence.. the stretch pass to create room for players for example. Gulus system is much more traditional and has aspects of LA, Chicago, Columbus even for example.. The focal ownes is more on the centre and defender in their own zone and thus you find often the first pass goes directly to a winger off the boards and then the centre catches up.. this has created major problems for Johnny given his size and his speed he is often left in wonderland all by himself with no outlets at all..

You are it time and again that Johnny is a good ten feet ahead of his linemates and the defender swarms him and the play gets killed.. given this I actually recommend we switch Johnny to the RW as this will have him less accountable for zone entry and more accountable to find himself open in the zone.. it also solves our RW issue..

If you actually go back and look you will find that Johnny has scored more of his Powerplay points on the RW side because on that side he uses his shot more

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#26 John Wayne's Hat
February 20 2017, 01:43PM
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Good post, Kent. Not mentioned but I think it is worth mentioning is his hand injury. It has affected his shooting (and stick handling) which could affect his SH%.

Similar to how Monahan's back injury affected his skating at the beginning of the year.

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#27 Newbietwo
February 20 2017, 01:44PM
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Hundred percent mate! I would also suggest Bennet replacing Versteeg on the Powerplay.. Versteeg shoots too often and he doesn't have a strong shot.. Bennet also needs to offense minutes

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#28 The Fall
February 20 2017, 01:44PM
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What's wrong with Johnny: "nothing, he's actually better and just experiencing bad luck"

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#29 Neddd
February 20 2017, 01:46PM
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I know this won't be popular but how about a bit of complacency after signing that big contract? Happens to allot of players. It's common for players to have their most productive seasons just prior to the end of their current contract so it should at least be considered.

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#30 Ktop
February 20 2017, 01:49PM
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Put Johnny on a line with Backlund and Frolik I've said it all year. Teach him some work ethic.

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#31 OKG
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Let's stack the top 6 and see if that helps:

Gaudreau-Backlund-Monahan
Tkachuk-Bennett-Frolik
Ferland-Jankowski-Versteeg
Klimchuk-Stajan-Brouwer

Should also get Monahan further up the rush so that he and Gaudreau can bring back da magic.

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#32 Jumping Jack Flash
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Great article Kent!!

I must admit my enjoyment in watching the Flames has been directly correlated to how Johnny was playing....in past years. This year, I have been frustrated watching Johnny and the team. Personally, I think small players need to be surrounded by big, physical players but these players have to be able to play at a high level.

I won't give up on Johnny after a miserable season, but I do hope he learns from this and re-invents his game somewhat. He needs more Strength and thickness, he needs to improve the power and release of his shot. He needs to be less predictable, stop low percentage shots up high from a poor angle, wrap arounds do not seem effective for him, break a way through the 5 hole and button hook when entering the zone are not as effective.

I have walked away from watching games thinking he should have had multiple points if his teammates could finish. I Agee that his mistakes are more pronounced since he is not contributing on the scoreboard. He has never had a season like this at any level so he needs to coach himself through it.

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#33 ThisBigMouthIsRight
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OKG wrote:

Let's stack the top 6 and see if that helps:

Gaudreau-Backlund-Monahan
Tkachuk-Bennett-Frolik
Ferland-Jankowski-Versteeg
Klimchuk-Stajan-Brouwer

Should also get Monahan further up the rush so that he and Gaudreau can bring back da magic.

Nice... I could live with this line up next year. The Only Tweaks I'd make could be these! Gaudreau-Monahan-Tkachuk Bennett-Backlund-Frolik Ferland-Jankowski-Versteeg Klimchuk-Stajan-Brouwer

Unless the flames some how make a play for (Expansion draft issues)Silfverberg, Niederreiter... LOL But Highly Unlikely! Too Bad!

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#34 Southalb43
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Newbietwo wrote:

What needs to be understood is that Hartleys system was created for forced offence.. the stretch pass to create room for players for example. Gulus system is much more traditional and has aspects of LA, Chicago, Columbus even for example.. The focal ownes is more on the centre and defender in their own zone and thus you find often the first pass goes directly to a winger off the boards and then the centre catches up.. this has created major problems for Johnny given his size and his speed he is often left in wonderland all by himself with no outlets at all..

You are it time and again that Johnny is a good ten feet ahead of his linemates and the defender swarms him and the play gets killed.. given this I actually recommend we switch Johnny to the RW as this will have him less accountable for zone entry and more accountable to find himself open in the zone.. it also solves our RW issue..

If you actually go back and look you will find that Johnny has scored more of his Powerplay points on the RW side because on that side he uses his shot more

Excellent post, I agree 100 percent and I also think that Hartleys system was much better suited for the Calgary roster. There's a reason Chicago et al is able to have success with that system, they have more talented teams than Calgary. Under Hartley the team was reaching their potential (in some cases over achieving) which was great, a sign of good coaching. That hasn't been the case at all this year.

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#35 Newbietwo
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You got it buddy! It takes truly elite players to dominate under a Gulus system but when they do it works well.. problem on our side is that we just aren't there yet..

Couple that with Gulus coaching approach which is team together and team first mentality hurts as much as it helps. You see it in their play.. to put a Versteeg on Powerplay vs Bennett, to refuse to have dougie on the Powerplay, to have Chiason on first line for how long?

Gulus is a learning coach who has ideas but non are proven as winners with a track record.. the minute we hired him I watched a YouTube video on him teaching defense and I was like wtf?! I knew right then he won't be in it to win it for two seasons because he is just too fresh..

For example to say you don't speak to your team after a game? What the hell is that? Be a coach not a life coach! His need for acceptance hurt him

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#36 Jumping Jack Flash
February 20 2017, 02:28PM
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The perfect RW for Johnny would be a player like Simmonds and fortunately we have that type of player in Tkachuk. It has become obvious that Calgary is missing a pure goal scorer or at least someone with a quick heavy shot. Watch a player like Matthews with Nylander, and you will see how a good timely pass can end up in the back of the net off one time precision shooting.

Calgary does not have any snipers. But to make matters worse they also don't have any players that have shown they can one time a puck. In fact, one of the only times I have seen Johnny wiff is when he tries to one time a shot. A complementary player like an Iggy, Kessel, Neal, Cammallerri, or Nylander is needed especially for the PP.

Our PP has stalled mostly due to the fact that our PP Centers around Johnny and Brodie who are both pass first players and often pass up on great shooting opportunities.

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#37 everton fc
February 20 2017, 02:32PM
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I wonder how Johnny would do with Backlund and Frolik, and how Tkachuk on a line w/Bennett and Versteg would work?

I also wonder how Johnny would do with a RW like Silfverberg out of Anaheim? Or a centre Duchene or Galchenyuk?? Not a lot of RW's available on teams looking to "sell". Unless the Sens would move Bobby Ryan - and would we want him?

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#38 hags437
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This is a kid who TRADEMARKED HIS NAME FOR GOD SAKE! And people wonder what's wrong with him??! Seriously he's a Prima Donna who cares more about marketing himself off the ice than how he plays on it. The League has figured the guy out. When he has room ie 3v3 he's very dangerous. Close space on him and when the play slows and tightens up in the playoffs ie against the Ducks he is ineffective.

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#39 BlueMoonNigel
February 20 2017, 04:18PM
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Stats look at history, but what about the future? Relying too much on stats is like buying a stock primarily based on its historical performance.

The most important question Kent raised was why isn't Johnny scoring, and despite his pretty charts and slick analysis, he's just as stumped as the next guy.

Like a lamppost to a drunk, advanced stats are good for support but useless for illumination. Love the Burke!

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Simple. He's tired of playing for a sad sack organization like the Flames. He probably wants to go to a team that doesn't suck the hind banana every year.

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#41 Arminius
February 20 2017, 05:22PM
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You obviously didn't read the article did you Nig?

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#42 Burnward
February 20 2017, 06:03PM
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Even a Bryan Rust type. Someone that can skate, dig it out and be able to think a bit out there.

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#43 Dan the flames fan
February 20 2017, 06:41PM
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I thought the article was really good at putting things in perspective. As I have stated before, JH is snake-bit! He is looking for the pass instead of the best shot, IMO for fear of getting hit. Look at some of his seeing-eye goals last year to prove the point. He had players rushing him and still made the shot. He did not worry about the slash as much, and it paid off. This year, he doesn't press the shot, and chooses to find the passers-by instead.

They still need a RW sniper to compliment the line, and size is not really a concern. If they have that body who is fast, slippery, and accurate; then that gives the line a third person who can enter with the puck and take the pressure off JH to be the only player that can generate plays. Hudler was not that big but gave that line and Johnny an added dimension to the scoring.

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#44 jakethesnail
February 20 2017, 08:40PM
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Line Scoring Down: Hudler >>>>>> Chiasson!

Johnny Scoring % Down: Extra glove padding to save his fingers from whacks makes his shots less effective: i.e. no Zing! He seems to be burying his shots into the goalie....

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#45 MontanaMan
February 20 2017, 09:02PM
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These comments sound like a Millenial convention! What's wrong with JG? His RW, his coach, his line mates, etc. Here's my take: What's wrong with JG? JG and only JG. He hasn't played well at either end of the ice, has been a turnover machine in the neutral zone and hasn't moved the puck when he's in a dangerous area. My take is that he has a bad attitude and is difficult to coach. No proof and likely unfair but that's my take.

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#46 JoelOttosJock
February 20 2017, 09:43PM
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Hookers and blow

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#47 nikkomsgb
February 21 2017, 09:53AM
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fascinating read.

I definitely fall into the camp that says he has looked awful. Same play every time...carry the puck over the blueline, stop and curl then cough it up.

I have to say that I find solace in these numbers as they renew hope that it could turn for him at any minute.

Terrific job Kent.

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#48 OnDaWagon
February 21 2017, 02:55PM
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The game is always better, when the exciting players are producing.

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