Analyzing TVR’s troubles
Now, TVR’s season Corsi-for is 49.4 percent, which isn’t awful considering he starts 48.8 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone. However, I think his December surge has been a huge reason for his Corsi-for percentage staying even this high.
When you watch TVR play, it’s clear he doesn’t have a great idea of where he needs to be position-wise on offense or defense. When his team has the puck, TVR can very often be found chasing it into the corners behind the opposing goalie. All it takes is one quick move or outlet pass, and the Blackhawks are on the wrong end of an odd-man rush.
On the defensive end, TVR often seems extremely indecisive when he gets close to Corey Crawford or Scott Darling. He tends to either overcommit to someone streaking up the wall or linger near the side of the net and see what happens with his playing partner.
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TVR’s partner for a majority of his playing time this season has been Brian Campbell, who’s not having a very good campaign on his own merits (we’ll get to that later). TVR has been on the ice 255 minutes, 28 seconds with Campbell this season, well above TVR’s time on ice with the next-closest Blackhawk (Patrick Kane, 186:13).
Campbell is more of an offensive-defenseman in his own right, so he’s not exactly a guy you’re going to want to watch try to shut down an opposing attack. Yet this is what TVR often does, and it leaves him staring at the puck as it whizzes past his goaltender.
One of the most heinous examples of this came in the season opener against the Blues, when TVR stood in front of Crawford as Blues defenseman Colton Parayko skated straight at him, lost his footing and managed to get around TVR on one knee for a shot attempt.
TVR doesn’t have the speed to chase people down, and he occasionally seems to know that (makes his cutting-off attempts at the half-board pretty silly, though). However, he also doesn’t have the size (6-foot-2, 188 pounds) or positional awareness to shut off plays, either.
Essentially, TVR just brings the ability to chip in on offensive plays, which he often endangers the team with as well. He tried to start an offensive possession last night with an outlet pass through the middle of the ice. He had one guy to beat in Chris Stewart and managed to throw the puck right onto Stewart’s tape.
Considering TVR has seven points in 31 games while seeing more than 18:30 in ice time, on average, this season, I’d say using a blueline spot on his perceived offensive merits is not a worthwhile venture for the Blackhawks.