Saad and Panik
For all the good things we are able to see in Jonathan Toews, there are even some more impressive stats from Brandon Saad and Richard Panik.
Saad has started the year with 8 goals and 4 assists, which puts him on pace for 32 goals and 16 assists on the year. Panik has 5 goals and 8 assists, putting him on pace for 20 goals and 32 assists. Again, these numbers do not jump off the page, and in Saad’s case would actually be the lowest point total in four years, but everything changes when you start to look at both players possession numbers.
Brandon Saad currently sits at a 57.5 Corsi-for percentage and an 8.4 relative Cori-for. Not to be topped, Panik is a 58.1 percent Corsi-for percentage and an incredible 9.0 relative Corsi-for. This puts Panik and Saad at 11th and 14th in the league in Corsi-for percentage among skaters that have played 20 games this year. Of course, when looking up this ranking, it is sad to see Artemi Panarin at number five, Marcus Kruger at six, and Teuvo Teravainen at nine.
But forgetting players that have left the team, Saad and Panik have been able to drive possession and create offensive opportunities for the team and the top line. Taking a look at the most recent game, Brandon Saad alone tallied a goal and seven shot attempts in only the first period of last night’s game in Florida. He also had a shot ring off the pipe, the league leading nineteenth time this year the Blackhawks have hit a post and not scored.
Looking at that first period further is this insane line Satchel Price tweeted out last night:
Not a single shot went on goal during the first period with Saad-Toews-Panik on the ice and Saad saw a high of 21 shots going on goal while on the ice during the first period. The team had 21 shots on goal during the entire first period. Saad was on the ice for every shot.