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Habs Best Even-strength Playmakers

By Kicks @Chrisboucher73
Galchenyuk and Eller tops among forwards
The graph included here represents each Montreal Canadiens player's ability to create offense by way of an offensive-zone pass. The black bar displays the number of assists each player managed per-minute of ice-time, while the green bar shows the number of assists per-completed offensive-zone pass. Finally, the yellow line displays the number of assists each player produced for each attempted offensive-zone pass.
Among defensemen with at least 130 attempted passes in the offensive-zone, and as expressed in a recent article I wrote, Alexei Emelin produced the most assists per offensive-zone pass. Josh Gorges actually managed the second-most assists per-ozone pass, while Andrei Markov had the fewest. Within this group of defensemen, Emelin also produced the most assists per-minute of ice-time, as well as the most assists per-attempted offensive-zone pass.
Rookie Alex Galchenyuk produced substantially more assists per-offensive-zone pass than any other Montreal forward. He also had more assists per-minute played; just slightly ahead of Lars Eller. Brandon Prust and Max Pacioretty had solid assists per-minute of ice-time numbers, as well.
When we look at the number of assists for each attempted offensive-zone pass, we again see Galchenyuk in the lead; followed by Eller and Brendan Gallagher.
Players who produced the fewest assists per-minute of ice-time include Travis Moen, Colby Armstrong, and Jeff Halpern.

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