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Solving the Devils Shootout Woes (Free Agents)

11 April 2014 - 09:24 AM

We all know where we stand, 0-12 is horrendous, and it has been a difference maker.

 

Personally i don’t believe its psychological for the majority of our shooters (Elias and Jagr and Henrique aside) i think it’s just a distinct lack of talent. The majority of our shooters just don’t have the hands.

 

I was intrigued as to who the Devils could bring in to solve this problem. So i decided to investigate the shootout records for this season so far of all the 2014 UFA forwards this summer.

 

Unsurprisingly about 100 or so UFA forwards didn’t have a single shootout attempt this season.

 

Here are the figures for all those that did and a few notable players who didn’t even attempt a shot.

Player		Shootout Attempts	Goals	Success Rate
Gaborik, Marian »	2		2	100%
Terry, Chris »		2		2	100%
Hemsky, Ales »		1		1	100%
Ott, Steve »		3		2	66.70%
Moulson, Matt »		5		3	60%
Setoguchi, Devin »	8		4	50%
Selanne, Teemu »	4		2	50%
Roy, Derek »		2		1	50%
Grabovski, Mikhail »	12		5	44%
Vrbata, Radim »		12		5	44%
Vanek, Thomas »		7		3	43%
Stempniak, Lee »	5		2	40%
Jokinen, Olli »		8		3	37.50%
Cammalleri, Mike »	6		2	33%
Pouliot, Benoit »	3		1	33%
Raymond, Mason »	7		2	28.60%
Jokinen, Jussi »	8		2	25%
Santorelli, Mike »	8		2	25%
Alfredsson, Daniel »	10		2	20%
Legwand, David »	5		1	20%
Jagr, Jaromir »		5		1	20%
Iginla, Jarome »	6		1	16.60%
Bertuzzi, Todd »	7		1	14.30%
Michalek, Milan »	8		1	12.50%
Whitney, Ray »		3		0	0%
Callahan, Ryan »	3		0	0%
Koivu, Saku »		3		0	0%
Bouchard, Pierre-Marc »	2		0	0%
Handzus, Michal »	2		0	0%
Sislo, Mike »		1		0	0%
Heatley, Dany »		0		0	0%
Stastny, Paul »		0		0	0%
Gionta, Brian »		0		0	0%
Bolland, Dave »		0		0	0%
Samuelsson, Mikael »	0		0	0%
Kulemin, Nikolai »	0		0	0%
Downie, Steve »		0		0	0%
Smyth, Ryan »		0		0	0%
Moss, David »		0		0	0%

A player who tops a lot of peoples 1st choice free agent list (including mine) Paul Stastny, hasn’t had an attempt so far this year. So it seems unlikely that he would be able to help the situation (although with Duchene and O'Riley on the team its highly unlikely they ever really get to the stage they need to use Stastny). Either way he isn’t one of colorados go to guys.

 

Matt Moulson on the other hand, who is a player i also a player quite a few would like to see the devils take a shot at, has had decent success in the shootout this year (he was 100% with the Islanders before going to the wild).

 

Groboviski, Vrbata and Vanek all also have fairly decent records this year. I mean 40% of the time, they score every time!!!

 

In terms of value to be had, and bringing in a pure ringer for the skills competition (a la Viktor Kozlov) Chris Terry of the Carolina Hurricanes is a great shout. 100% success rate and only making the league minimum. alternatively guarantee success with Gaborik at the other end of the scale.

 

A player to avoid like the plague is Ryan Callahan. Many think he would be a good fit for the Devils, and as his shootout statistics suggest, he would fit in seamlessly with the Devils current shootout tactics..

 

 

Some interesting options.

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