On a team loaded with young defensemen, Hal Gill's willingness to do the dirty work helped position his teammates for success.
#75 / Defenseman / Nashville Predators
Apr 06, 1975
1st Quarter Grade: B+
1st Half Grade: B+
|2012 - Hal Gill||32||0||0||0||-3||12||0||0||0||8||0.0|
|EV TOI/Gm||OZ %||QoT||QoC|
|5-5 Shots/60||5-5 Pts/60||Corsi On||Corsi Rel|
|Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|PP TOI/Gm||5-4 GF On/60||5-4 Pts/60||PK TOI/Gm||4-5 GA On/60|
|Penalty Plus/Minus||Favor of the Hockey Gods|
|Taken||Drawn||On-Ice Sht%||On-Ice Sv%||PDO|
For details of the Fancy Stats, check the bottom of Gabby Bourque's review.
While certainly not superstar-caliber numbers, there are some interesting bits worth pointing out. First of all, as we'd suspect Gill's Goals Against rate on the 4-on-5 penalty kill (5.75) was indeed better than the team's overall value (8.3), a nice confirmation of the common perception that he's a valuable PK asset (you'd be surprised how often such notions don't pan out).
Another prevailing opinion of Gill is that he's too slow-footed for 5-on-5 play, but this season he actually fared decently for Nashville. While his basic Corsi numbers were pretty poor, they were in line with the team's performance overall, and that's before you consider his tendency to start his shifts in the defensive zone so often. He wasn't a game-breaker back there, but he wasn't a disaster, either. For a third-pair even strength defender, I'll take it.
My Grade: B
Under contract for one more year at $2 million, Gill would seem to be secure in his role as the veteran presence on the left side, as Roman Josi continues to develop into a team leader on the top pair, and Victor Bartley attempts to lock down a regular position on the second. Gill's ability to effectively kill penalties may seem to be a relatively minor role, but by shouldering that workload the burden is lightened for his fellow sinisters. For an example there, look no further than the March 23 tilt against Columbus, Gill's return to the lineup after missing a month due to injury. In that one, the Predators faced a five-minute penalty kill while trying to defend a lead, and Gill was out there for more than four of those minutes, shutting down the BJ's power play at a critical point in the game.
While goals and other flashy plays aren't exactly part of Gill's repertoire, he's one of the more enjoyable characters around this team, and his Twitter account (@Skillsy75) is well worth a follow. The pro hockey writers here in town thus bestowed upon him the following honor...
Hal Gill, winner of the Nashville chapter PHWA Media Recognition Award twitter.com/JoshuaCooper/s…— JoshuaCooper (@JoshuaCooper) April 22, 2013