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HABS: Bulldogs Forward Brendan Gallagher's Offensive-zone Player File

By Kicks
Tracking each puck-possession event during a game allows us to build a solid vision of each player's strengths and weaknesses. Individual player files organize the data so we can track each of these statistics independently, and compare them against the player's past performances, other players who play the same position, as well as the entire team.
These player files are broken down into zones (offensive, defensive, neutral), where we can display each specific rating or event total.
The file included at the bottom of this page represents Hamilton Bulldogs' right-winger Brendan Gallagher's play through 4 scouted games this season. More specifically, Gallagher's play in the offensive-zone. The first column displays the specific statistic within each row. The second column shows the entire team's rating or value within that statistic; the third column shows how the other forwards on the team performed; the third shows Gallagher's own performance through four games, while the final column displays the numbers Gallagher produced in the team's last game.
Offensive-zone risk/reward rating shows how many more successful than unsuccessful plays a player made within the offensive-zone per-minute of ice-time. O-zone risk/reward gives us an overall, less specific view of a player's performance. Because this statistic uses ice-time within its calculation, a player must not only make successful plays, he must also be involved in the play; the more a player engages (successfully), the higher his risk/reward.
Gallagher's offensive-zone risk/reward rating of 0.92 in the game against the Rochester Americans on November 3rd, 2012 was higher than his season average of 0.64. Also, his season average of 0.64 is significantly higher than the year-to-date average of both his fellow forwards (0.49), and the rest of the Bulldogs team (0.36).  
Offensive-zone ratio shows the number of successful plays a player makes for every 1 unsuccessful play. Like Offensive-zone risk/reward, offensive-zone ratio produces an overall, less specific view of a player's performance. Unlike risk/reward, it does take into account ice-time.
Gallagher produced an impressive offensive-zone ratio of 3.60 successful plays for every 1 unsuccessful plays during the game against Rochester. This ratio was higher than his four-game ratio of 2.32, as well as the ratio of 1.92 successful plays for every 1 unsuccessful play produced this season by Bulldogs' forwards.
Offensive-zone loose-puck recoveries occur when a player gains possession of a puck that was not (at the time of taking possession) being controlled by any other player on the ice.  A player is credited with a loose-puck recovery when he wins a race to a loose-puck, gains control of a loose-puck out of a puck-battle (supporting the play), or gains control of a loose-puck while being pressured by an opposing player. In turn, a player is credited with a failed loose-puck recovery when he is unable to control a loose-puck, or looses a race to a loose-puck.
Tracking offensive-zone loose-puck recoveries allow us to credit a player with gaining puck-possession for his team. Players who produce high numbers within this metric usually have good-hands, good speed, and a high hockey IQ.
Gallagher recovered 0.283 offensive-zone loose-pucks per-minute played during the Rochester game. Expressed differently, Gallagher recovered 5 loose-pucks in the offensive-zone in just over 15 minutes of even-strength ice-time. His total during the Rochester game was lower than both his season average, as well as the season average produced by Hamilton forwards.
Offensive-zone puck-battle winning-percentage represents how successful a player is at removing puck-possession from the opposition. A player is credited with a won puck-battle when he removes puck-possession from an opposing player. In turn, he is credited with a lost puck-battle when he engages an opposing player that has possession of the puck without removing possession from the opposition player.
Tracking offensive-zone puck-battle winning percentage allows us to quantify each player's ability to remove puck-possession from the opposition. Player's who rate high within this category usually have strong sticks, play the body well, and are good defensively.
Gallagher was successful with his only attempt to remove puck-possession from the opposition in the offensive-zone. Through four scouted games this season, he has been successful with 6 of his 8 attempts to remove possession from the opposition in the offensive-zone. This translates to a 75% success-rate; which is higher than the rating produced by Hamilton forwards.
Offensive-zone Events per-minute played measure how involved a player is in the offensive-zone. Both successful and unsuccessful events are included. Tracking o-zone events per minute played allows us to compare how involved each player is in a specific zone.
Gallagher engaged in 1.63 offensive-zone events per-minute played against Rochester. This was slightly higher than his season average of 1.60 offensive-zone events per-minute played, and the Hamilton forwards' combined average of 1.57 events per-minute played.
Forechecking success-rate represents how successful a player is at removing or acquiring puck-possession from the opposition in the offensive-zone. Events used in this calculation include offensive-zone puck-battles, loose-puck recoveries, and intercepted passes. Tracking forechecking success allows us to compare how each player performs when attempting to remove and/or acquire puck-possession from the opposition in the offensive-zone.
Gallagher's forechecking success-rate of 85.7% against Rochester was higher than his four-game success-rate of 80%, and the Hamilton forwards' average success-rate of 78.1%.
Tracking Intercepted opposition passes per minute played allows us to quantify how often a player is able to intercept or deflect an opposition pass-attempt in the offensive-zone. A player does not need to control the opposition pass in order to be credited with an intercepted pass, he simply needs to deflect the puck enough to make the pass incomplete.
Gallagher produced 0.71 intercepted opposition passes in the offensive-zone per-minute played against Rochester. This translates to just 1 intercepted pass through 15 minutes of ice-time. This total was lower than his season average, but higher than the season average produced by Hamilton forwards.
Successful offensive-zone puck-possession plays per minute played represent how many successful plays per-minute of ice-time a player is able to make while in possession of the puck. Events within this category include successful passes, dekes, and shots on goal. A player's team must maintain possession, or get a shot on net for that player to be credited with a successful puck-possession play. Tracking successful offensive-zone puck-possession plays per-minute played allows us to compare how often each player is able to make a successful play while in possession of the puck in the offensive-zone.
Gallagher's 0.85 successful offensive-zone puck-possession plays per-minute played against Rochester was substantially higher than both his season average of 0.569, and the season average of 0.465 successful o-zone puck-possession plays per-minute played produced by Hamilton forwards. 
Offensive-zone puck-possession success-rate represents how successful a player is at maintaining possession, or getting a shot on net. This is calculated by taking the total number of successful passes, dekes and shots on net, and dividing that by the total number of attempted (failed and completed) passes, dekes and shots on net. Tracing offensive-zone puck-possession success-rate allows us to compare how well each player is able to maintain puck-possession for his team in the offensive-zone. Expressed more simply, the higher the o-zone puck-possession success-rate, the better the player is at creating offense.
Gallagher's offensive-zone puck-possession success-rate of 75% against Rochester was higher than both his 4-game average success-rate of 62.3%, as well as the 56.6% success-rate produced by Hamilton forwards.
Gallagher attempted more offensive-zone passes against Rochester than both his 4-game average and the average produced by Hamilton forwards. That said, he has attempted fewer o-zone passes than the average forward through those same four games.
Gallagher completed more offensive-zone passes during the Rochester game than both his 4-game average and the average produced by Hamilton forwards.
Gallagher directed 3 even-strength shots at the net during the Rochester game. This translates to 0.213 attempted shots per-minute of ice-time. This total is lower than both his four-game average and the average produced by Hamilton forwards.
Gallagher's offensive-zone passing success-rate against Rochester was higher than both his four-game average and the Hamilton forwards' average. Also, his four-game passing success-rate is higher than the team success-rate.
Against Rochester, Gallagher attempted and completed more offensive-zone dekes per-minute played than both his four-game average, and the total per-minute produced by Hamilton forwards through four games.
Gallagher was able to get each of his 3 even-strength shots through to the net during the Rochester game. This translates to 0.213 shots per-minute of ice-time. This total is higher than both his four-game average and the average produced by Hamilton forwards. 
This "shots-through" success-rate of 100% is obviously higher than his four-game average of 70.6%; which in turn, is significantly higher than the 59.6% success-rate produced by Hamilton forwards.
True shooting-percentage represents the percentage of a player's attempted shots that result in a goal. This is calculated by taking the number of goals a player scores, and dividing that by the total number of shots (on net, blocked, or missed the net) a player attempts.
Gallagher scored 1 even-strength goal on 3 attempted shots against Rochester. This gave him a true shooting percentage of 33%. His true shooting percentage through 4 games is 5.9%. This is higher than the Hamilton forwards' true shooting-percentage of 4.59%, and the team's true shooting-percentage of 3.73%.

#17 GALLAGHER

OFFENSIVE-ZONE (EVEN-STRENGTH) YEAR-TO-DATE TEAM AVG. FORWARDS YEAR-TO-DATE PLAYER   YEAR-TO-DATE PLAYERLAST GAME

OFFENSIVE-ZONE RISK/REWARD RATING 0.36 0.49 0.64 0.92

OFFENSIVE-ZONE RATIO (SUCCESSFUL TO UNSUCCESSFUL PLAYS) 1.87 1.92 2.32 3.60

OFFENSIVE-ZONE LOOSE-PUCK RECOVERIES 0.264 0.391 0.362 0.283

OFFENSIVE-ZONE PUCK-BATTLE WINNING-PERCENTAGE 74.4% 68.3% 75.0% 100.0%

OFFENSIVE-ZONE EVENTS / MP 1.174 1.566 1.604 1.630

FORECHECKING SUCCESS-RATE 79.8% 78.1% 80.0% 85.7%

INTERCEPTED OPPOSITION PASSES /MP 0.056 0.061 0.086 0.071

SUCCESSFUL O-ZONE PUCK POSSESSION PLAYS /MP 0.323 0.465 0.569 0.850

O-ZONE PUCK-POSSESSION SUCCESS-RATE 52.4% 56.6% 62.3% 75.0%

ATTEMPTED O-ZONE PASSES /MP 0.277 0.402 0.345 0.425

SUCCESSFUL O-ZONE PASSES /MP 0.153 0.232 0.224 0.283

O-ZONE PASSING SUCCESS-RATE 55.2% 57.8% 65.0% 66.7%

ATTEMPTED O-ZONE DEKES 0.109 0.190 0.276 0.496

SUCCESSFUL O-ZONE DEKES 0.054 0.096 0.138 0.354

O-ZONE DEKE SUCCESS-RATE 50.0% 50.5% 50.0% 71.4%

ATTEMPTED SHOTS /MP 0.230 0.228 0.293 0.213

SHOTS THROUGH TO THE NET /MP 0.116 0.136 0.207 0.213

SHOTS THROUGH SUCCESS-RATE 50.3% 59.6% 70.6% 100.0%

TRUE SHOOTING-PERCENTAGE (GOALS / ATTEMPTED SHOTS) 2.0% 4.59% 5.9% 33.3%


Similar player files also exist for both the neutral and defensive-zone. Similarly, I have player files for each player tracking their play while playing on the powerplay, or short-handed.  I will focus on these player files in the near future.
HABS: Bulldogs Forward Brendan Gallagher's Offensive-zone Player File

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