Chemistry in hockey is real. Different players have different skill sets and some of these may compliment other players. While overall skill and impact is still the major driving force of results, there are more ephemeral factors - like chemistry - that can push the needle one way or another.
One way to look at chemistry is by looking at how players perform with or without particular players (WOWYs) as well as at certain trends.
Let's use this tool to compare some of the Winnipeg Jets top defensive pairs.
Chemistry!? Next you'll be talking about clutch players.
Good read. Very interested in the follow-up you discussed in your article, RE: a Buffstrom pairing, vs. having Buff and Enstrom elevate others separately. I've quite liked having multiple strong pairings, so I'm interested to see if the numbers support overloading the talent, or spreading it out and lifting the games of lesser lights to potentially have a stronger overall D corp.
The Jets need to dump Enstrom and Buff and go with the Pardy-Harrison as a regular pair next year.
They also need to play Pavelec much more, with more back-to-back starts next season.
Only need to dump one of them, and which one I don't care, with Chariot, Meyers, Trouba, Morrissey, one of the Buffstrom, possible FA D man and and one of Stuart, Postma, Clitsome, Pardy, Harrison, Melichori the Jets are sitting pretty good at D.