I said coming into the season Henrique and Zajac were gonna be the keys to the season. And so far they haven't produced. Henrique hasn't been bad, but he doesn't have anything to show for it points wise. Zajac has been invisible. Those two plus Elias represent the heart of the Devils' forwards. All three need to produce, and so far only Elias has.
So in my opinion, we need to either get another center. We can't just wait for those two to wake up.
I have to disagree re: Zajac vs. Henrique. I feel like Henrique has been much less effective and visible. Though when it comes to this team, there are definitely other guys I'd be more critical of than these 2. For the sake of comparison though:
Zajac: 12 GP 1-3-4, 4 primary points, 1.75 SH/GP, 51.0 FO%
Henrique: 14 GP 4-1-5, 4 primary points, 1.35 SH/GP, 40.2 FO%
It's worth noting they both get about the same ice time, have about the same points, equal primary points, Zajac has a better shot per game rate, and much better faceoff %.
Zajac: 58.8 CF%, +7.3 CF% Rel, 59.2 FF%, +9.1 FF% Rel, 58.0 SF%, +9.2 SF% Rel
Henrique: 55.3 CF%, +2.2 CF% Rel, 53.3 FF%, +1.5 FF% Rel, 52.4 SF%, +2.3 SF% Rel
Both have respectable numbers but the Devils get more shot attempts and shots on goal when Zajac is on the ice than when Henrique is.
Deployment at Even Strength:
Zajac: 29.9% O Zone Starts, 35.3% N Zone Starts, 34.7% D Zone Starts, 46.3% O/DSt%
Henrique: 34.6% O Zone Starts, 36.8% N Zone Starts, 28.6% D Zone Starts, 54.7 O/DSt%
Zajac doesn't get as favorable zone starts as Henrique but still ends up with better possession and shots numbers. They both usually face tough assignments but Zajac typically tends to draw the tougher ones more often.
Henrique also has an unsustainable 21.1 SH% which will come down while Zajac's unsustainable 4.8 SH% will surely come up.
If Zajac plays like he has so far this year, the points will come. Zajac has also made his teammates better this year evidenced by his WOWY numbers.
Edited by thefiestygoat, 04 November 2013 - 04:52 AM.