Based on data analytics and coaching, Avalanche is guaranteeing a better power play this season.
The AVS, which led the NHL in scoring 3.52 goals per game last season, finished eighth with a 22.7% power play. But with right-shot forward JT Comper joining the first unit as the middle bumper/low slot man from the start, he expects to be at least 25% or more than the 2021 league-leading Edmonton Oilers (27.6%) Is. End of season.
“It’s a great opportunity,” Komper said of his new special team role.
Colorado coach Jared Bedner started last season on the No. 1 power play with left-shot forward Nazem Qadri, with defenseman Kale Makar running the unit from the high slot, Nathan McKinnon and Miko Rentanen on the wings and Gabe Landeskog. in the form of. Crease-front presence or on the end line on the right side of the net.
Bednar eventually replaced Qadri with right-shot forward Junas Donskoy and the unit put up a better performance as Donskoy had more one-time shots than left-shooting Rentenen and short passes from Landeskog. Donskoy also served as a bait for McKinnon, a formidable right-shot shooter from the left wing.
Donskoy was picked by Seattle in the expansion draft and Komper is his replacement for a deadly power play on paper.
“A man with a right shot makes all the difference in the world to me,” Bednar said of the man in the middle. “We had the Left with 17-18% earlier (and) in our power play. The teams want to leak on the Mac when the kale is cooked. So there is a pocket in the middle. If you look at us in the second half of the year at all, once we put the right hand in that, it’s going to go deep down to Mikko and there’s a big pocket that we’re creating scoring chances. “
Analytics has proved that point.
“Doing the math on it, we had two B-plus chances in one night for 30 games (last season). If you raise it to over 82 (this season’s games), it’s 160—there’s some chance for a wright. I want to see 15 goals from there. We didn’t score enough from there last year so it’s up to the shooters to make sure they are hitting some good shots in the nets. But there are plenty of opportunities for a wright who can rip it out there. Leftists don’t get any opportunities. He can’t do it once.”
Komper has a terrific wrist shot, as well as a quick slap shot, and is bigger and more aggressive than Donskoy at retrieving pucks in tight spaces and keeping the power play alive in the offensive zone. He’ll see one-time feeds from Rantenen and Landeskog or be tempted by them to send it to McKinnon on the left wing.
“Two left and right, it would give me a timer in the middle if I could be a shooting option there,” said Komper. “It’s going to give Nate some more space on the edge. We want to give him as much time as possible… I work every day to take advantage of that and make sure I work on my shot in the slot.” And getting the puck back too. The more chances I can get and the puck touches for those top guys in the power play, the better.
“It’s a part of the role, whether it’s a shot or a rebound, or supporting those guys if the penalty kill comes hard into the corner. If I can build extra assets, keep them from clearing it, and If I can take it into the hands of my top people, then we will have more success and more goals on power play.