Shots, Shots, Shots

Through 13GP Binghamton is 7-4-2, good for 5th place in their conference – that in spite of only scoring 34 goals. Their leading goal-scorer is Derek Grant, who's a swell prospect to be sure, but fans are clamoring for more from those prefixed as "highly-touted". 

Hopefully this post can ease concerns.

While Silf and Zibanejad are sitting on three goals between them, they have at least continued to generate shots consistently (which is good). In that vein I got to wondering how they stacked up against their prospect brethern. Below is a list sorted by shots per game of the top-30 AHL forwards who were under-23 at season's opening. (minimum 9GP, B-Sens in red):

Player GP SOG SH/gm
Schenn 14 55 3.93
Hoffman 13 47 3.62
Audy-Marchessault 14 50 3.57
Gallagher 13 46 3.54
Morin 15 51 3.40
Zucker 12 39 3.25
Fraser 13 42 3.23
Silfverberg 13 42 3.23
Niederreiter 14 45 3.21
Johnson 14 43 3.07
Nelson 14 43 3.07
Palmieri 14 43 3.07
Couturier 12 36 3.00
Dalpe 15 45 3.00
Horak 15 44 2.93
Tatar 14 39 2.79
Spooner 13 36 2.77
Pirri 15 41 2.73
Toffoli 14 38 2.71
Beck 13 35 2.69
Zibanejad 13 35 2.69
Brown 14 37 2.64
Nugent-Hopkins 14 37 2.64
Eberle 15 39 2.60
Conacher 14 36 2.57
Eakin 13 33 2.54
Josefson 13 33 2.54
Baertschi 15 38 2.53
Stalberg 15 38 2.53
Caron 13 32 2.50

Three players in the top-30 seems pretty positive to me, especially as two are more or less rookies in North America.

– Hoffman sits second on the list, he's boosted his rate from 2.49 last season to 3.62 today. No small feat.

– Silfverberg is producing at a higher rate than he was with Brynas (3.14) last year.

– Zibanejad shot 2.16 last year with Djurgarden, and through 13 games is shooting 2.69.

– Among B-Sens who didn't make the list, but are creating at a decent clip: Petersson 2.00, Grant 1.92, Pageau 1.92.

And the top-20 defenseman:

Player GP SOG SH/gm
Moore 14 36 3.29
Stone 13 42 3.21
Gardiner 15 47 3.13
Cannauton 15 45 3.00
Schultz 15 45 3.00
Barberio 14 41 2.93
Voynov 14 41 2.93
OEL 9 26 2.89
Voynov 15 43 2.87
Faulk 13 35 2.69
Hamonic 13 34 2.62
Erixon 14 34 2.43
Wiercioch 12 29 2.42
Ekholm 15 36 2.40
Barrie 16 36 2.25
Manning 13 29 2.23
Kundratek 15 32 2.13
McNabb 15 32 2.13
Beaulieu 13 27 2.08
Acolatse 15 29 1.93
Scandella 12 23 1.92

Plenty of quality players on his list so it's nice to see Wiercioch ensconced in the middle. I wondered prior to the season if this was the year he'd be able to take another step offensively. And while the points aren't showing it yet, his shot rate is the highest it's been since his freshman year at Denver when he put up an impressive 2.94 per game. This is an aspect he's clearly tried to focus on, telling Ken Warren "…i'm making a conscious effort to shoot more this year".

Now seven weeks of games isn't a great sample, but it is a snapshot if nothing. I'll be doing this again at the 30 game mark, so we can all see who's falling off and vice versa. Maybe by that time, a couple more shots (by the guys in red) will have found the back of the net too.

*Eyes On The Prize has a great post on AHL shot-rates and how they translate to the NHL.

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