The Matt Gilroy Project
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03-07-2011, 10:23 PM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New York City
I just did a cursory glance of Matt Gilroy as far as his advanced-stats go. It's seemed to me all season that this coaching staff has shielded Gilroy big time. The tough defensive assignments have fallen primarily on Staal/Girardi and secondarily on Sauer/Mcdonagh as of recently. Looks like I was right.
Very rarely do I see anyone in Rangerland doing advanced-stats analysis. It's very prominent among many Oilers writers and bloggers.
One indication of a player, especially a defenseman, being kept away from tough assignments is where he is starting his shifts at even strength. Coaches will generally use their best or most trusted defenseman on defensive zone faceoffs at evens. If anyone wants to read about this, Gabe Desjardins and others have done some pretty extensive analysis into this stuff:
Anyways, back to Gilroy:
Gilroy, by far, leads the team in percentage of shifts started in the offensive zone. Inversely, this means that he's starting very few shifts in the defensive zone.
Off. Zone start percentages:
Gilroy - 62.3%
McCabe - 54.4%
McDonagh - 52.1%
Girardi - 49.0%
Unsurprisingly, Staal and Girardi are being heavily leaned on. Gilroy is getting a pass.
Another one Gabe's advanced stats ratings is QUALCOMP- or Quality of Competition. Basically a rough gauge of the type of players that a d-man or forward is on the ice against at even strength. Once again, Gilroy is last on the team in this gauge by a large margin with Girardi and Staal far ahead of all other defensemen on the team:
BTW, Girardi is in some pretty elite company when it comes to QUALCOMP. He's 6th in the league amongst D-men, behind Lidstrom, Seabrook, Keith, Bouwmeester and Regehr.
Gilroy? 3rd last in the NHL in terms of QUALCOMP amongst D-men that have played 40 games:
Here's another gem:
Amongst D-men that have played at least 40 games LEAGUEWIDE, Matt Gilroy starts the lowest percentage of his shifts in the defensive or neutral zones.
Do you guys realize the magnitude of that? No other D-man in the league, on a percentage basis, is being given the territorial cushion that Matt Gilroy receives. You know what else that means?
This coaching staff knows he sucks. They are terrified to put him in situations where his awful defense may be exposed (the PK and defensive zone faceoffs) and they don't think he's good enough to merit time on the PP. He's done after this season.
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