Habs Playing Elsewhere Week 2

Feb 17, 2012; Buffalo, NY, USA; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Raphael Diaz (61) during play in the game against the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center. The Canadiens beat the Sabres 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE

We’re heading into the real lockout now, with the NHL announcing that they have cancelled the first two weeks of the regular season.

Andrei Markov has become part of the exodus of NHL talent, joining “The Charleston Chiefs” of the KHL in Vityaz Chekov. For anyone concerned about Markov’s knee, its nice to hear that goons like Trevor Gillies are on his team rather than targeting him.

With our great sorrow that these guys can’t be suiting up for the Habs right now, here’s the update on what they’ve been doing.

Euro Pro

Goals

Points

Games

GPG

PPG

NHLE GPG

NHLE PPG

Plekanec

7

14

7

1.00

2.00

31.16

62.32

Pacioretty

1

1

3

0.33

0.33

10.66

10.66

Engqvist

1

8

12

0.08

0.67

4.44

35.53

Trunev

2

3

9

0.22

0.33

11.84

17.77

Collberg

0

1

10

0.00

0.10

0.00

4.02

Pribyl

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Kaberle

0

3

4

0.00

0.75

0.00

23.37

Emelin

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Diaz

0

4

5

0.00

0.80

0.00

25.58

Weber

3

5

5

0.60

1.00

19.19

31.98

Nygren

3

5

9

0.33

0.56

13.39

22.32

Tomas Plekanec showed he’s human, getting shut out of the scoring for the first time in Kladno for game 8. He’s still cruising at a goal and an assist per game in a continuing display of dominance on Jaromir Jagr‘s team. His scoring of ~60 NHLE points seems right within his established talent.

On the same squad, Tomas Kaberle is having a similar go of it with his 4 NHL team mates, although not so dominant.

Max Pacioretty has been snake bit on a team that has struggled. Ambri’s imported top line of Williams-Park-Pacioretty has failed to score in the last 2 games and the team has only 5 goals in the last 3. They sure could use Pacioretty finding the back of the net more frequently, with only one of his 12 shots going in.

Both Yannick Weber and Raphael Diaz seem to be finding life congenial in their native lands, both are producing at a strong clip, on much better teams that Pacioretty’s.

Andreas Engqvist seems to find KHL life preferable to the NHL, he’s gone a respectable .67 PPG but has only 1 goal in 20 shots. Maxim Trunev continues to look like he isn’t worth the time to check up on.

In the Eliteserin, Magnus Nygren is continuing to have a strong campaign, with regular top 4 duty and good offensive numbers. Collberg continues to not get ice time and has a lonely assist to his name. Pribyl would envy him, he can’t get in the lineup at all.

Using available statistics I have been able to cobble together some basic advanced stats for the players in the NLA, SEL and KHL.

SOG

ICETIME (Hours)

S / Hour

P / Hour

Shots / G

Ice Time / G

Pacioretty

12

4.00

Engqvist

20

3.45

5.80

2.31

1.67

17.25

Trunev

16

1.59

10.04

1.88

1.78

10.62

Collberg

10

1.05

9.52

0.95

1.00

6.30

Diaz

10

2.00

Weber

20

4.00

Nygren

23

3.07

7.50

1.63

2.56

20.44

Engqvist looks like he’s playing very well as a top six forward in the KHL although is not much of a potential goal scorer with that shot rate. Both Trunev and Collberg look like they are making the most of limited minutes. Nygren seems to be an offensive force at the SEL level, his shot and points rate is big for a prospect defenseman.

Pacioretty has almost the same shot rate in the NLA as the NHL, expect that and his goal scoring to rise dramatically as he adjusts. Weber seems to be putting on a tour de force in shots and Diaz is quite respectable.

CHL

Goals

Points

Games

GPG

PPG

NHLE GPG

NHLE PPG

Galchenyuk

1

3

4

0.25

0.75

6.15

18.45

Bozon

3

4

4

0.75

1.00

18.45

24.60

Hudon

5

9

4

1.25

2.25

30.75

55.35

Archambault

2

3

4

0.50

0.75

12.30

18.45

Vail

4

9

5

0.80

1.80

19.68

44.28

Thrower

1

2

5

0.20

0.40

4.92

9.84

Dietz

2

2

5

0.40

0.40

9.84

9.84

Both Hudon and Vail had great starts to their campaigns and are among the top of their league’s scoring races. Bozon is largely meeting expectations. Galchenyuk has shown some definate talent

 

Topics: Alex Galchenyuk, Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens, Raphael Diaz, Tomas Plekanec, Yannick Weber

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