Mar. 30, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Brandon Dubinsky (17) and Montreal Canadiens left wing Blake Geoffrion (57) battle for the puck during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Rangers won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Bulldog Stats at 10 Games: Centers

Continuing from yesterday, we move our examination to the Bulldogs’ center line.

The Bulldogs have essential used the same 4 players at center all year, although Jonas Nattinen has occasionally played there. These are Bournial, Geoffrion, Boyce and Dumont.

Situational Plus Minus

Player

Games

ESGF

ESGA

PPGF

PPGA

PKGF

PKGA

Geoffrion

10

5

6

2

1

0

0

Bournival

10

5

7

2

0

0

0

Dumont

10

5

4

0

0

0

2

Boyce

10

3

4

0

0

0

3

On evens, the top three all have the same goals for on even strength but the top two have had more goals against. We can see a clear top-six, bottom-six split on special teams usage. Both Bournival and Geoffrion have equal powerplay goals for while Dumont and Boyce have a similar amount of penalty kill goals against.

If we’re guess ice-time from these numbers, we’d see that the four of them are relatively close compared to the defensemen but the top two are taking more even strength minutes than the bottom two.

Hamilton’s losing ways at even strength seem to be pretty much equally spread between the centers, no line is doing particularly great or poorly.

Scoring

Name

GP

G

A

PTS

SOG

TGF

SOG/G

Pt/G

Blake Geoffrion

10

4

2

6

29

7

2.9

0.6

Michael Bournival

10

1

3

4

20

7

2.0

0.4

Gabriel Dumont

10

2

2

4

18

5

1.8

0.4

Darryl Boyce

10

1

3

4

10

3

1.0

0.4

In scoring terms, Geoffrion looks to be the leader so far, on the strength of what appears to be a sustainable difference in the amount of goals he scores compared to his peers. Both Bournival and Geoffrion have only got one powerplay assist so neither is getting a huge boost due to special teams usage, but I’d imagine Geoffrion’s first unit powerplay time is doing good things for his leading shots on goal rate.

As far as goal scoring goes, Geoffrion is the only one that looks like a good bet for a .25+goal per game average that translates into 20 goal seasons. His loss to injury may be a blow to a team weak on goal scoring. Bournival will score at a better than 1 in 10 game pace going forward but more likely be a 10-20 goal man if he plays the full season in his first year unless he takes a step forward. The top 3 centers have been basically equal on team offense once you factor in powerplay time, so I’m not sure if we are really seeing a big gap anywhere in offensive effectiveness thus far. And Boyce in the rear might also be basically equivalent just getting fewer minutes.

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