Well you need to start considering the shooting % career wise.
Gomez is 7.9 % career shooting %. So this season of 5.8 is not too far off.
Naslund 13.1 career wise....now shooting 13.9
Drury 12.2 Career this season 9.1
Zherdev 10.3 this year 11.8
Dawes is 12.1 career and this season is 13.3
Cally 9.4 Career and this season is 9.8
All pretty close to their career stats...so let's assume that won't change.
The secret is to not give guys with low shot % more ice time , but to limit that time and give people with better shot % more time on the ice because the more they shoot the better liklihood of getting a shot to go in.
If they want to increase their shot % they need to practice on their shooting...there is no substitute for practice.
So if you play those guys more and let them get more shots, they will score more. I also put a number in () to the right, this shows their place on the team in terms of # of shots.
Therefore you would want to get those players the puck to shoot more. Dawes , Voros, and Prucha need more ice time to shoot more and thus put more pucks in the net.
But then that would call in questions of sustainability...you know shooting more and giving ice time to accurate shooters.
If a guy like Dawes has 120 shots like Gomez....he would have netted 120*13.3%= 16 goals which is more than double Gomez's current output. Voros would have been 120*14.3%= 17 goals by now.
If you look at Alex Ovie, he has taken over 223 shots already....he only shoots 11.2%, but takes so many shots. For Gomez to even equal his output at this point he wold have had to take over 400 shots already.
So the answer isn't to shoot more, but to have players that have good accuracy to shoot more. Naslund needs to shoot every chance he gets. Z has to pull the trigger,
If you wanted to be smart you would put, Voros Naslund and Dawes on the PP and let them go to town with shooting.
Last edited by MikeyLikesHockey: 12-30-2008 at 04:52 PM.