Jason Chimera is one of the Capitals’ most clutch playoff players, but it’s hard to paint his 2014-15 regular season as anything but a disappointment. With Chimera entering final year of his contract, next season will be an important transition for both Chimmer and the Caps. So what matters more going forward: that rough regular season or the postseason production?
|12:56||Average time on ice per game|
|47.8%||Shot attempt percentage during 5v5|
|47.3%||Goal percentage during 5v5|
Chimera’s on-ice shot-attempt percentage in 10-game running segments, according to War on Ice:
Jason Chimera had a rough season. He finished at the bottom of the team in puck possession (measured using 5v5 shot attempt percentage). If you don’t believe in possession, he also finished near the bottom of the team in goal percentage. It seems like the speed demon lost a step this season, which combined with one egregious penalty in early December, earned Chimera the ignominy of a public scratch for the first time since the Erat trade. Chimera ended the regular season with his lowest goal total for a full season in a decade.
And yet, once the playoffs arrived, Chimera continued his tradition of being positively lethal against teams from New York. With three goals and four assists in the playoffs, Chimera was disgustingly clutch.
That puts us in a bit of a tough situation if we’re evaluating him. Those playoff goals were immensely important, but his regular season performance was straight-up dismal. Do those playoff goals imply better production is coming next season, or does his 2014-15 regular season campaign presage more trouble in 2015-16? With a Capitals team blooming with talented young forwards, what will be the role of the team’s oldest player?
I used rhetorical questions in that last paragraph because I think I already know the answer, and it’s depressing.
Fun Fact: 7 of Jason Chimera's 9 career playoff goals have come against New York hockey teams.
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) April 18, 2015
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