In past season reviews for Marcus Johansson, much of the debate centered around whether the Swedish forward is a legitimate top-six forward and how big of a commitment the Caps should make to keep him around. Many of those who opposed Mojo as a legit top-six forward were slowly converted during the 2015-16 season. Johansson’s 2016-17 season should have eased any lingering concerns over his importance to this team.
|17:00||time on ice per game|
|54.7||5-on-5 shot-attempt percentage, adjusted|
|64.7||5-on-5 goal percentage, adjusted|
About this visualization: This series of charts made by Micah Blake McCurdy of hockeyviz.com shows various metrics for the player over the course of the 2016-17 season. A short description of each chart:
What a season for Johansson. Johansson set a career-high in goals (24) and points (58) in 2016-17 and followed that up with a respectable 8 points in 13 playoff games. But, as much as this was an impressive season for Johansson, nothing stands out as dramatically different from the previous two seasons, the time in which Johansson has truly solidified his role on this team. Really, this was just another solid season for a remarkably solid and consistent player who is now firmly entrenched as an importance piece in the Caps top six.
But the appreciation for Johansson should not stop at his offensive numbers. He’s also become a very solid two-way player. WinnersView released a video on Johannson in which they claimed he is one of the better two-way forwards in the league (The video embed feature on WinnersView isn’t working, so click the link to watch).
Here was their evidence:
Johansson is no longer much of a bargain at a cap hit of $4.58 million per season, but he’s worth the money and a very important part of this club.
How important do you think Johansson is to this team? On a team with so much star power, does he get the creit he deserves?
Headline photo: Amanda Bowen
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