Analysis

Chicago Blackhawks’ Trevor van Riemdsyk Needs Role Scaled Back

By Colin Likas
Oct 21, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Josh Anderson (34) collides with Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (57) and goalie Corey Crawford (50) in net in the second period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 21, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Josh Anderson (34) collides with Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (57) and goalie Corey Crawford (50) in net in the second period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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TVR’s recent results

Let’s look at a few recent Blackhawks outings and see how TVR fared in those.

Just last night against the Wild, Jordan Schroeder suited up at forward. If you don’t know who Schroeder is, that’s OK. He’s spent parts of five seasons in the NHL with Vancouver and Minnesota, recording 35 points in 128 games. He’s a filler forward, essentially, though he saw some time last night with the entirely capable Eric Staal and Nino Niederreiter.

Schroeder posted a Corsi-for of 92.31 percent when on the ice with TVR last night. When he was on the ice without TVR? That number fell to 45.45 percent, much more in line with his 44.6 mark for the season.

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Staal and Niederreiter are good players, but they’re not going to pull a Kane and Artemi Panarin job and drag you to looking like an All-Star. How in the world does someone like Schroeder post that high a possession rate against another NHL player?

Going back a week to the game against Arizona, TVR again was getting burned by mediocre competition. Christian Dvorak, a rookie forward with a 44.6 percent Corsi-for mark for the season, scored a 69.23 mark while playing with TVR. That number fell to 45.45 when TVR left the ice and Dvorak remained.

Shane Doan, who needed to retire a couple years ago, carries a 48.1 Corsi-for mark in 2016-17. He carded a 62.5 mark when on the ice with TVR last Thursday and saw that number fall to a motley 33.33 when TVR was off the ice.

Against the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 26, the Blackhawks crushed the Jets in possession (57.39-42.61) despite losing 5-3. So the Corsi-for marks posted by individual Jets were pretty much all hideous. But that didn’t stop Winnipeg from exploiting TVR.

These are the guys who were aided by TVR simply being on the ice, as far as Corsi-for rates go: Paul Postma (25.00 with, 12.50 without), Mark Stuart (50.00/12.50), Andrew Copp (42.86/30.00), Adam Lowry (37.50/33.33), Blake Wheeler (50.00/40.00), Dustin Byfuglien (47.06/38.46), Toby Enstrom (57.14/23.81) and Mark Scheifele (47.37/46.15).

Some of those guys are quality players, but to see guys like Lowry and Byfuglien and even Enstrom handle the puck so much better just with TVR on the ice has to say something.

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