NHL.com provides in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams from November 16 through December. 16. Today, three key stats for the Vancouver Canucks.
1. Quinn Hughes‘power play points
Hughes scored 25 powerplay points (three goals, 22 assists) in 68 games as a rookie last season, tied for third among NHL defensemen with Neal Pionk of the Winnipeg Jets, behind Torey krug, who scored 28 for the Boston Bruins before signing with the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 9, and John Carlson, who scored 26 for the Washington Capitals. Hughes’ nine points on the power play (one goal, eight assists) in the playoffs were second among defensemen after the 10 scored by Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning, impressive considering Hughes was eight games less. Hughes averaged 5.80 power-play points every 60 minutes, seventh among NHL defensemen who averaged at least 2:00 per game over the man advantage, and helped Vancouver to placing fourth in the NHL on the power play in the regular season (24.2%). .
2. Thatcher Demkosave percentage of
Demko’s .985 save percentage and .990 save percentage were the best among NHL goaltenders who started three or more playoff games last season, and his save percentage of .947 on the power play was fifth in that group. Each number represented a significant improvement over the regular season (.905 save percentage, .905 even-strength save percentage, .895 save percentage on power play). Demko started 25 games last season, but that number will likely increase this season after Jacob Markstrom, Vancouver’s number one goalie last season, signed a six-year contract with the Calgary Flames on October 9. Braden Holtby on a two-year contract Oct. 9 to consolidate their goaltender, but had a .897 save percentage in 48 games for the Washington Capitals last season.
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3. Percentage of attempted shooting
The Canucks had a 48.4% attempting shot percentage last season, tied for 23rd in the NHL, and were 22nd of 24 teams that made Stanley Cup qualifying with an SAT percentage of 42 , 8% during the playoffs. They had a minus 201 SAT differential in the regular season (3,261–3060), tied for 22nd in the NHL, and were last in the playoffs at –216 (858-642). Defender Nate Schmidt, acquired in a Vegas Golden Knights trade on Oct. 12, could help improve Vancouver’s puck possession parameters. He had a SAT percentage of 53.1% and a SAT differential of over 129 for Vegas last season.