Nate Schmidt was good last season. We wrote about it a lot. During 5-on-5 play when Schmidt was on the ice, the Caps scored 42 goals and their opponents scored 22 – a goals-for percentage of 65.6.
Nate’s most common linemate, Brooks Orpik, was right behind him with 63.9 percent. Put another way: Schmidt and Orpik were the most successful D in the world, when measured by the scoreboard, which matters I think. They were also in the top 10 out of 187 full-time D when measured by expected goals and top 30 when measured by shot attempts.
It was a good campaign for Schmidt, and this season is no different. Except it’s completely different. Schmidt’s on-ice shot-attempt percentage has plummeted since he moved to Vegas. It seems like he’s finally been exposed as fraud.
Or has he?!?!?!?! OoOoOoO I dunno… guess we’ll find out below.
Welcome to Talkin’ Schmidt, the column where we talk about Nate Schmidt. This week, in a very special episode of Talkin’ Schmidt, we talk about Schmidt.