Everyone's numbers stunk then. Fayne, who we have a thread praising, would have looked horrific then, I'm guessing. Even defenseman we know can play in the NHL, Greene and Tallinder, looked like they couldn't play in the AHL.
Taormina was only -2 in 17 games, playing 20 minutes a night, when the team was horrible and getting no luck. That's pretty good.
Fayne is +1 in 31 games while playing 16 minutes a night, part of when the team is playing well and getting lots of luck. That's not bad either.
Taormin's relative Corsi is slightly higher than Fayne, but Taormina got more starts in the offensive zone, so that explains a lot of that....but more of Taormina's shifts ended in the offensive zone too, so there was effectiveness in where his shifts ended. Fayne's benefited from having some of the highest team shooting percentages while on the ice, while Taormina is hurt by the team having some of the worst shooting percentage.
you obviously know that i am not looking at plus minus when i say this.
the devils have been the same territorial team all season.
in games with taormina: +2.18 fenwick per game
total: +1.98 fenwick per game
the difference is basically all attributable to score effects.
there's also the fact that while taormina's shooting percentage was low, his goalie save percentage was inordinately high. when he went down with an injury most of the team were hovering in the 880s and yet he was somewhat inexplicably at 915. his save percentage on ice is still better than fayne's.
one thing that's interesting to consider is that players with a high zone finish are rewarded in that statistic for NOT scoring. i wonder if we jiggered fayne's shooting percentage to be as low as taormina's and take all the goals and call them positive zone finishes if we wouldn't see the same thing.
anyway, here's my issue with taormina: his corsi rel qoc is really low, basically meaning he was given the softest ice time. he did okay with that. we'll need more games to judge.