Brenden Dillon was a late but impactful addition to the 19-20 Capitals.
|20.0||time on ice per game|
|51.9||5-on-5 shot-attempt percentage, adjusted|
|54.9||5-on-5 expected goal percentage, adjusted|
|44.0||5-on-5 goal percentage, adjusted|
About this visualization: This series of charts made by Micah Blake McCurdy of hockeyviz.com shows lots of information for the player over the season. A short description of each chart:
We only got to see ten regular-season games of Brenden Dillon in a Caps uniform, so I’m reluctant to draw any hard conclusions. He played most of his minutes with John Carlson, and he seemed to be a modest improvement for Carlson (underwater in goals, but in the black on shot attempts, and fairly dominant in expected goals).
As shown above in the visualization from hockeyviz, Dillon has a reputation for a having a game-slowing impact, so I suppose the intention was for him to mitigate the defensive liabilities of his partner as well as some forwards without disrupting the offense, in which Dillon tends not to get directly involved. Dillon attempted a lower rate of shots than any Caps defender except Lewington.
Dillon’s postseason was pretty crummy, but he’s not exceptional among Caps in that point. What did stick out was his penalties. Dillon took three minor penalties in five games, about the same torrid pace as he committed penalties during the regular season — a rate higher than Tom Wilson’s. That obviously cannot continue or else it would be a fiasco, but it is a curious point. What is Dillon doing differently in a Caps uniform that caused his penalty rate to double from where it was in San Jose? I have some suspicions, but I’m gonna need a lot more time before I’m confident. Dillon’s an unrestricted free agent, so I don’t know if we’ll get that or not.
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