Straight-up: TJ Oshie is the heart of the Washington Capitals.
|18.1||time on ice per game|
|52.5||5-on-5 shot-attempt percentage, adjusted|
|52.8||5-on-5 expected goal percentage, adjusted|
|56.6||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:
About this visualization: At three times during the season (end of January, end of March, and end of May), RMNB shared an open survey with fans, asking the following question for each player:
On a scale from 1 to 5, how HAPPY are you to have this player on the team?
1 means VERY UNHAPPY TO HAVE THEM ON THE TEAM
2 means UNHAPPY
3 means NEITHER HAPPY NOR UNHAPPY
4 means HAPPY
5 means VERY HAPPY TO HAVE THEM ON THE TEAM
The numbers above show the average score for the player in each survey period.
I was wary about TJ Oshie’s eight-year contract when he signed it back in 2017, but halfway in I am elated to have been wrong.
Let’s start with goal scoring.
Oshie’s remained a very productive scorer even as he approaches his mid-30s, which is a disgusting age if we’re being honest. I don’t trust my knees going down stairs anymore, but I trust that Oshie will be above 20 goals next season.
And that’s just the part of the game on the scoreboard. Oshie’s been a consistent driver of play, a reliable forechecker, the grease guy during the power play, and an “identity” player who embodies the physical intensity the team wishes they always had without ending up in the red on penalties. There were long stretches of the season and postseason when the Capitals were down at least one center. Oshie was a perfect fit to pick up the slack in those situations. He’s long been F1 on the forecheck instead of Kuznetsov; he just took slightly more faceoffs this time around (a career-high 290 despite the shortened season).
TJ Oshie has become the heart and soul of this team, just as much as Ovechkin. The last couple years haven’t been too bright anywhere, but I’ll always remember with fondness Oshie’s hat trick on May 5, his first game back after the death of his father, and how his team rallied around him. Some moments just don’t care if we don’t wanna feel sentimental; they demand it. That’s kind of Oshie’s whole vibe: he’s undeniable and irrepressible, and he’s ours. And that’s how he’ll stay through 2025.
Screenshot courtesy of NBC Sports
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