Vegas Golden Knights – Defensive Pairings

We are currently in the All-Star break, a little over half way through the 2019-20 NHL season, and are a month away from the February 24 trade deadline. The Vegas Golden Knights have had their struggles this year, particularly in their own end, so the buzz in the rumour mill has been discussing what kind of moves they could make to get better on D. So I wanted to take a look at the defensive pairings and try to figure out what their issues may be.

VGK D

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Minor Distractions – AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 1st Half 2019-20

I was having laptop issues and was unable to update at the actual midway point, so the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have now played 42 games in the 2019-20 AHL season. So we are going to take a look at their performance 3 games past the 1st half of the year.

 

Team Stats

WBS is currently 6th in the Atlantic Division, 11th in the Eastern Conference, and 16th in the AHL with a 19-16-7 record (53.6 P%). They are 26th in the league with 2.64 goals for per game, 19th with 3.12 goals against per 60, and 28th with a 45.9% goal differential.

They are 16th in the league having gone 29/162 on the power play for a 17.9 PP% and 26th having stopped 132/166 on the penalty kill for a 79.5 PK%. They scored 2 shorthanded goals for (26th most in the AHL) and gave up 3 shorthanded goals against (2nd fewest).

They have struggled more since we last checked in during the 1st Quarter, falling out of playoff contention, the primary difference being that they have given up a lot more goals against. It shouldn’t be too surprising of course considering that injuries and trades have caused a lot off call-ups and inconsistent lineups. Of course even though the underlying numbers are similar their biggest weak point is still their lack of offense, the team just isn’t scoring enough to win games even when the goalies stand on their heads.

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Vegas Golden Knights Prospect Update January 2020

I had meant to work on an update after the 2020 World Junior Championships completed but I got busy and am now about a week behind schedule. So here we go, let’s take a look at the Vegas Golden Knights prospects who are playing in the juniors, the NCAA, and in Europe during the 2019-20 season.

 

Goaltenders

Jiri Patera – 13-7-2 with a 2.54 GAA and 92.3 Sv% with Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League

A 20-year-old 2017 7th round pick. The goalies are still fairly evenly splitting starts but he has turned things around and now has more games and much better stats than his teammate. He is 13th in the WHL for GAA and 6th in Sv% out of 63 netminders so far this year. Brandon is currently 3rd in the East Division, 7th in the Eastern Conference, and 13th in the WHL with an 21-17-3 record (54.9 P%).

 

Jordan Kooy – 5-5-2 with a 4.33 GAA and 87.7 Sv% with London Knights, Sarnia Sting, and Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League

A 19-year-old 2018 7th round pick. He was traded from London to Sarnia at the end of October after being passed up in the depth chart and then was out since the middle of November, returning this past week just prior to being traded to Oshawa. He is currently 34th in GAA and 30th in Sv% amongst 51 netminders. His numbers have improved with each trade (84.2 Sv% in London to 88.9 Sv% in Sarnia to 90.3 Sv% in Oshawa) and he appears to have been put in place as the new starter. Oshawa is currently 3rd in the East Division, 3rd in the Eastern Conference, and 8th in the OHL with a 20-13-5 record (59.2 P%).

 

Isaiah Saville – 7-5-2 with a 3.03 GAA and 88.9 Sv% as a Freshman with University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference

A 19-year-old 2019 5th round pick. He has been the starter playing 15 of the 17 games he was dressed for, although his backup has slightly better stats right now and his stats have started to decline as the season progressed. He is 57th in GAA and 65th in Sv% amongst 73 netminders and 9th/10th amongst 12 Freshmen. He represented Team USA at the WJC but did not play. UNO is currently 6th in the NCHC with a 3-5-1 conference record (9-9-3 overall).

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Minor Distractions – AHL Chicago Wolves 1st Half 2019-20

The Chicago Wolves have now played 38 games which means they are half way through the 2019-20 AHL season. So it seems like a good time to take a look and see how the team has performed thus far.

 

Team Stats

Chicago is currently 4th in the Central Division, 7th in the Western Conference, and 20th in the AHL with a 17-17-4 record (50.0 P%). They are 29th in the league with 2.39 goals for per game, 10th with 2.87 goals against per game, and 25th with a 45.5% goal differential.

They have gone 27/156 for a 17.3 PP% (#18 in the AHL) and stopped 121/126 for an 80.2 PK% (#24). They have given up 5 shorthanded goals against (9th most in the league) and have scored 3 shorthanded goals of their own (19th).

They have gotten better, moving up in to playoff contention, and have gotten better defensively giving up fewer goals against and improving on the PK, although their numbers still aren’t great. On the other hand they actually managed to get even worse offensively, scoring fewer goals and converting less often on the PP. The fact that they are improving is a positive sign, but they still need to be better.

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Pittsburgh Penguins 1st Half 2019-20

The Pittsburgh Penguins completed the first half of the 2019-20 NHL season this weekend, although I forgot to save the data so we are actually looking at their first 42 games of the season rather than 41. I started typing this up 2 days ago and they have already played their 43rd game, but the data is all only through 42.

 

Team Data

The Pens went 25-12-5 (18-7-5-12) through the first half, outscoring their opponents 140-113 while outshooting their opponents 1402-1244. They are 3rd in the Metropolitan Division, 4th in the Eastern Conference, and 5th in the NHL with a 65.5 P%.

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Pittsburgh Penguins Prospect Update – January 2020

We last checked up on the Pittsburgh Penguins prospects back in November, so let’s go ahead and see how the young kids are doing down in the Juniors, the NCAA, and in Europe. For any Euro prospects their team’s standings will be in IIHF format: regulation wins, overtime wins, overtime losses, and regulation losses.

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