Team By Team Opportunistic Turnovers

Late last week I reported on individual leaders from last season in terms of offensive chances generated from Takeaways and Hits, so now it's time to present the numbers on a team-by-team basis. What's interesting here is that some teams generated offense out of their hits and takeaways much more effectively than others. On average, 19.2% of Takeaways and 7.5% of Hits resulted in an offensive chance within 10 seconds (defined as a Shot, Goal, Blocked Shot, or Missed Shot). So let's take a look...

If you compare these results with the table here, which shows total Hits and Takeaways from the 2005-6 NHL season, you'll see some teams failed to generate much offense out of their physical game. The Boston Bruins, for example, had the 3rd-most hits in the league, but were near the bottom in offense generated, producing shots less than 5% of the time after making a hit. The Philadelphia Flyers, on the other hand, produced shots almost twice as often, jumping from 16th in the Hit rankings to 5th on the list here.

The story is similar regarding Takeaways. Tampa Bay was in the middle of the pack in terms of Takeaways, but dead last in chances generated from them. Instead of getting shots 19% of the time, they struggled below 12%. At the opposite end of that scale were the Ottawa Senators, who were 12th in Takeaways, but 3rd in offense generated from them, converting at a 22.45% clip.

Offensive Chances Generated From Takeaways & Hits (2005-6)
TEAM TAKEAWAYS HITS TOTAL
Montreal Canadiens 213 113 326
Ottawa Senators 141 131 272
New York Islanders 129 133 262
Washington Capitals 128 130 258
Calgary Flames 129 117 246
Philadelphia Flyers 115 123 238
Atlanta Thrashers 132 104 236
Colorado Avalanche 165 68 233
Toronto Maple Leafs 82 147 229
New York Rangers 131 95 226
Detroit Red Wings 131 94 225
New Jersey Devils 139 85 224
Edmonton Oilers 123 99 222
Dallas Stars 106 115 221
Nashville Predators 113 99 212
Anaheim Ducks 120 90 210
Columbus Blue Jackets 115 86 201
Boston Bruins 112 86 198
Phoenix Coyotes 81 113 194
Carolina Hurricanes 113 77 190
Los Angeles Kings 76 110 186
Chicago Blackhawks 90 94 184
San Jose Sharks 83 101 184
Pittsburgh Penguins 84 98 182
Vancouver Canucks 82 100 182
Buffalo Sabres 96 82 178
St. Louis Blues 89 89 178
Florida Panthers 93 79 172
Minnesota Wild 103 56 159
Tampa Bay Lightning 72 67 139


These are just a couple elements that I'll be using in the coming weeks to provide detailed analyses for each of the NHL teams as we approach the quarter-pole of the 2006-7 season. It's about time for teams to start making roster moves as they realize that training camp dreams just won't work out (isn't that right, Flyers fans?), and a thorough look inside the numbers might help assess where each team truly needs some help.

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