A seventh-round draft pick who isn’t particularly big, Christian Djoos is nonetheless a Stanley Cup Champion and the beacon for a bright future of the Caps blue line.
|14.0||time on ice per game|
|51.6||5-on-5 shot-attempt percentage, adjusted|
|58.8||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 season. A short description of each chart:
About a year ago, I spoke with Chocolate Hockey’s Kyle Mace about the future of the Caps blue line. Mace was enthusiastic about Djoos, a smart yet undersized defensive prospect. Djoos’ 63-game rookie season didn’t quite deliver the next Mike Green (Djoos’ individual contributions to the offense were about Orlov levels – a little over half of Green’s peak output), but Djoos was still the sole rookie D to survive the season, and he looked increasingly comfortable in his role as the year wore on.
That role was complicated. Here’s shot attempt percentages (SA%) for Djoos’ most common D partners when they were with or without him.
|Player||TOI||With Djoos||Without Djoos|
Djoos spent most of his season with John Carlson, and they were excellent together in modest assignments. When Kempny locked into the lineup, Djoos slotted with Brooks Orpik, turning an outright disaster despite sheltered minutes into a more even game. (It’s worth nothing that Djoos performed about as well with Chorney as he did with Orpik.)
For every player except Niskanen, Djoos significantly improved the flow of game for his teammate. Part of that is context (that D-partner often got easier assignments when playing with Djoos), but part of that is Djoos’ genuine smarts with and without the puck. He’s fast and he passes well, which matched up wonderfully with the Caps’ more mobile top-nine forwards. Tactical analysis of Djoos has been glowing in limited samples, and that should be very, very encouraging for a sophomore season in 2018-19.
So once again the Caps have found an under-appreciated, unconventional defenseman late in the draft and turned him into a real NHL-caliber player. I’m excited for the future of Christian Djoos.
— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) October 12, 2017
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— Gráinne (@wholegrainne) October 27, 2017
So… Carlson-Djoos or Carlson-Kempny?
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