Many Caps players competed to inherit the mantle of the great Jay Beagle, the heralded role of fourth-line center, but only one man actually won it: Nic Dowd.
|10.3||time on ice per game|
|49.5||5-on-5 shot-attempt percentage, adjusted|
|48.8||5-on-5 expected goal percentage, adjusted|
|60.8||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:
There’s a lot we could talk about with Nic Dowd.
He had the highest faceoff win percentage among Washington’s full-time centers with 51.3 percent.
And he blocked a bigger percentage of the shot attempts he faced than any Caps forward — as well as all but nine of the top 365 NHL forwards.
And while a man down he slowed down opponents more than any other Caps penalty-killer.
And while those are all lovely traits for a fourth-line center to have, and while Dowd earned the hell out of his new three-year deal, I’m stuck on his goals.
He scored nine goals total between the regular season and playoffs, and almost half of them were like big-deal, milestone, call-your-parents goals.
Anyway, the fourth line is in good hands. Maybe they should play more.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 5, 2019
I dunno. What do you wanna talk about? What is there to talk about with Dowd? He’s solid in an important and often-overlooked role. How do you talk about that? I dunno. Write a haiku or something.
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