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25.02.2019 04:42
On the weekend, there were a few things that got me wondering: First, was this piece by Sarah McLellan about Coyotes LW Paul Bis Antworten

On the weekend, there were a few things that got me wondering: First, was this piece by Sarah McLellan about Coyotes LW Paul Bissonnette, who is hoping to expand his role beyond part-time fourth-line muscle. Nike Zoom China Wholesale . Among players with at least 100 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time this season, Bissonnette ranks seventh in points per 60 minutes, which may be a small-sample fluke, but theres a lot of room between Bissonnettes current role and that of a regular in the lineup. The Coyotes have made sure to put Bissonnette in situations where he can succeed, with offensive zone starts and relatively low quality of competition, but hes generated positive possession numbers over the past three seasons, enough to think that he might warrant consideration for more time. Trouble is, with the Coyotes life-and-death to make the playoffs, they dont seem inclined to give him that opportunity right now. The second thing that caught my attention was Flyers tough guy Jay Rosehill scoring a pretty nifty goal against the Bruins. And third, that was against the Bruins, a team that is sort of the prototype for the fighting teams, ranking second in the league with 46 fighting majors this season. The Bruins have Milan Lucic, a first-line winger who fights; Jarome Iginla, a first-line winger who fights; and Shawn Thornton, a fourth-line winger who fights and gets regular ice time (8:32 per game this year and played 22 playoff games last year). Injured D Adam McQuaid and rookie D Kevan Miller are also a couple of tough customers who play third pair minutes for the Bruins. Theres also been a lot of talk this year about Torontos fourth line which, for a time, included both Frazer McLaren and Colton Orr, and the relative ineffectiveness of that fourth line seemed to cause issues higher up the depth chart. Figuring out playing time for a line that employs two enforcers that dont have enough hockey skills to keep up is, at the very least, challenging. Finally, with the playoffs around the corner, the time will come when teams make hard lineup decisions and, in many cases, that means the designated enforcer goes to the press box. If he can play a bit, though, that can tilt the decision. So, all of this wondering led me to try and find out which of the leagues fighters are actually doing enough to warrant regular ice time; basically, who can play? One look at hockeyfights.com provided a list of 75 players that might be considered fighters (there are probably a few more that could have been included), but it was basically every player involved in at least five fights this season, plus a select few that had four and come with a reputation/track record (Steve Ott, Steve Downie, John Scott, Troy Bodie) and then Bissonnette, who has fought only three times in 37 games. There is an obvious top tier, which includes Iginla (with his most fights since 2009-2010), Lucic and Philadelphias Wayne Simmonds, forwards that play on scoring lines, but have an aggressive side that comes out on occasion. They might as well be excluded from the examination because, even with zero fights, they clearly produce enough offensively to play prominent roles on their respective teams. Teams can use tough guys in lower-leverage situations. As Tyler Dellow pointed out a couple of weeks ago, teams can be judicious in their use of their tough guys, which mitigates their liability, but if the tough guys cant play a lick, it makes it increasingly difficult to be judicious. It should be noted that not all fights, and fighters are created equally. There are heavyweights, who tend to only fight other heavyweights; there are agitators who end up fighting because theyre being called to task for one of (likely) many transgressions; and there are players who, battling for a spot in the lineup or consistent playing time, are willing to use that as one more reason for the team to keep them in the lineup. What makes a fighter useful enough to handle a regular fourth-line shift? Players that have at least 47% Corsi is a decent place to start. From a Dellow post last year, he determined averages for first, second, third and fourth-line players. Sure, theres some room for variance, but if the player is going to be used as more than as a spare part, he cant spend all of his shifts scrambling in the defensive zone. Among the 75 listed below, nearly half (36) had a Corsi over 47%. 23 were at 50.0% or better. Players that have at least an even Relative Corsi. From the list below, that includes only 15 of the 75 players, but that makes sense. Fourth-liners are unlikely to have better possession stats than players higher on the depth chart. There are a dozen players that have both a 50% Corsi and at least a break-even relative Corsi (actually, its 10, but Lucic and Iginla are just below that threshold.) If we can take the position that a fighter isnt likely to be the one driving his teams possession numbers, then if they arent significantly worse than their teammates, that at least puts them in consideration for a regular role. There are obvious exceptions to this case too, particularly when it comes to the Bruins, where the Patrice Bergeron line is so dominant that the likes of Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton have no hope of being close in terms of relative Corsi. Really, if a player fits in a teams top nine, theres not much question whether hes a useful player. Some are more useful than others, of course, but its not as if the league is overrun by third line forwards that dont even warrant a spot in the league. Maybe this should table should count as an appreciation for Patrick Maroon, the suddenly-valuable winger for the Ducks. While one of the leagues most active fighters, with 13, hes a strong possession player (54.8%) who, like most Ducks, has spent time on the wing with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, but hes been more productive recently while playing with Mathieu Perreault and Kyle Palmieri. Maroon has 12 points (3 G, 9 A) in his past 15 games, a marked improvement over 17 points in his first 59 career games. Maroons a big guy (6-foot-3, 229 pounds) who paid his dues in the minors, playing 353 AHL games, but hes also been more than merely a puncher, scoring 58 goals and 124 points in 139 games over the previous two AHL seasons. Its been a long road since he was drafted in the sixth round by Philadelphia in 2007, but hes starting to pay dividends for the Ducks. Take what you will from the data below and there is surely some debate over some of these players being on the bubble in terms of value, but when more and more tangible measures are available for players, it becomes increasingly difficult to justify a players spot in the lineup for intangible benefits. Possession stats come from the indispensable www.extraskater.com PLAYER TEAM POS GP G A PTS PIM CF% CFRel% FT Jarome Iginla BOS RW 76 30 31 61 47 53.8% -0.3% 5 Milan Lucic BOS LW 77 24 34 58 87 54.0% -0.1% 7 Wayne Simmonds PHI RW 78 26 31 57 106 48.5% -2.2% 6 Nick Foligno CBJ LW 70 18 21 39 80 51.2% 1.6% 6 Antoine Roussel DAL LW 77 14 15 29 195 51.8% 1.7% 10 Patrick Maroon ANA LW 59 8 18 26 101 54.8% 5.6% 13 Chris Stewart BUF RW 60 15 11 26 116 48.1% -4.8% 6 Ryane Clowe NJ LW 43 7 19 26 33 51.8% -2.8% 5 Kevin Bieksa VAN D 74 4 20 24 104 51.3% 0.4% 6 Steve Downie PHI RW 60 4 20 24 106 50.0% 0.4% 4 Matt Calvert CBJ LW 52 9 13 22 53 51.3% 1.3% 5 Steve Ott STL C 78 9 13 22 76 44.0% -3.3% 4 Eric Nystrom NSH LW 75 15 6 21 60 46.9% -2.5% 6 Gregory Campbell BOS C 78 7 12 19 43 45.4% -10.7% 5 Marcus Foligno BUF LW 70 7 10 17 80 43.5% 0.1% 5 Derek MacKenzie CBJ D 67 9 8 17 47 49.7% -1.0% 5 Andrew Desjardins SJ C 78 3 13 16 86 50.2% -4.2% 10 Ryan Malone TB LW 57 5 10 15 23 50.4% 1.2% 5 Dale Weise MTL RW 58 5 10 15 59 44.7% -5.4% 5 Barret Jackman STL D 76 3 12 15 95 52.8% 0.0% 5 Chris Neil OTT RW 72 8 6 14 204 50.7% -2.1% 14 Matt Martin NYI RW 75 8 6 14 88 45.2% -5.3% 10 Brandon Bollig CHI LW 79 7 7 14 92 51.1% -5.4% 6 Cody McLeod COL LW 71 5 8 13 122 42.0% -5.6% 12 Brandon Prust MTL LW 52 6 7 13 121 42.2% -6.7% 11 Tanner Glass PIT LW 64 4 9 13 83 38.8% -12.3% 6 Mark Stuart WPG D 67 2 10 12 33 47.7% -2.2% 7 Deryk Engelland PIT D 55 6 6 12 58 44.1% -4.5% 6 Travis Moen MTL LW 65 2 10 12 49 45.7% -2.1% 5 David Clarkson TOR RW 57 5 6 11 93 42.6% 0.4% 9 Chris Thorburn WPG RW 55 2 9 11 65 43.3% -7.1% 7 Luke Schenn PHI D 75 4 7 11 58 47.8% -3.2% 6 Tom Wilson WAS RW 78 3 7 10 151 46.1% -2.5% 14 B.J. Crombeen TB RW 54 3 7 10 79 48.6% -3.0% 11 Robert Bortuzzo PIT D 53 0 10 10 74 45.3% -3.6% 6 Jordan Nolan LA RW 62 6 4 10 54 52.0% -4.9% 6 Bryan Allen ANA D 66 0 10 10 73 50.1% 0.2% 5 Troy Bodie TOR RW 44 3 7 10 24 43.6% 1.1% 4 Tom Sestito VAN LW 75 5 4 9 203 44.4% -7.6% 19 Patrick Bordeleau COL RW 78 5 4 9 105 40.9% -6.7% 6 Brian McGrattan CGY LW 73 4 4 8 100 38.4% -9.3% 11 Derek Dorsett NYR RW 48 4 4 8 109 50.3% -3.8% 9 Kyle Clifford LA LW 68 3 5 8 81 53.1% -4.1% 9 Erik Gudbranson FLA D 62 2 6 8 114 50.8% -1.5% 7 Paul Bissonnette PHX LW 37 2 6 8 49 52.9% 2.0% 3 Matt Hendricks EDM LW 74 5 2 7 112 42.1% -4.8% 12 Shawn Thornton BOS RW 60 5 2 7 70 47.8% -8.0% 10 Ryan Reaves STL RW 59 2 5 7 124 45.8% -8.8% 10 Cody McCormick MIN LW 40 2 5 7 50 38.3% -7.6% 8 Kevin Westgarth CGY RW 45 4 3 7 64 42.8% -7.5% 6 Rich Clune NSH RW 54 2 4 6 152 48.5% 0.5% 16 Adam McQuaid BOS D 30 1 5 6 69 50.4% -2.6% 7 Sheldon Brookbank CHI D 45 2 4 6 50 51.5% -4.5% 6 Mike Weber BUF D 64 1 5 6 69 40.3% -4.2% 5 Dalton Prout CBJ D 47 2 4 6 37 49.7% -0.9% 5 Mike Brown SJ RW 55 2 3 5 94 46.0% -7.3% 12 Tim Jackman ANA RW 36 4 1 5 103 49.5% 1.3% 10 Clayton Stoner MIN D 62 1 4 5 82 47.2% -1.6% 8 Daniel Carcillo NYR LW 56 4 1 5 100 50.3% -3.6% 6 Luke Gazdic EDM LW 67 2 2 4 127 36.8% -8.3% 15 Krystofer Barch FLA RW 55 0 4 4 99 44.1% -6.9% 13 Eric Boulton NYI LW 23 2 2 4 88 36.8% -13.0% 8 Anthony Peluso WPG RW 51 2 2 4 65 45.9% -5.9% 8 Zac Rinaldo PHI RW 67 2 2 4 153 46.4% -4.5% 7 Zenon Konopka BUF C 58 1 2 3 83 42.8% -4.8% 11 Matt Carkner NYI D 49 0 3 3 145 49.0% -0.7% 9 Jay Rosehill PHI LW 32 2 0 2 90 43.8% -6.9% 10 Jared Boll CBJ RW 25 1 1 2 60 41.3% -7.1% 8 Mark Fraser EDM D 39 1 1 2 76 42.7% -1.8% 6 Aaron Volpatti WAS LW 41 2 0 2 49 39.5% -9.7% 5 George Parros MTL RW 21 0 1 1 80 28.3% -20.7% 8 Matt Kassian OTT LW 32 0 1 1 56 48.0% -4.0% 8 John Scott BUF LW 54 1 0 1 96 39.3% -5.2% 4 Frazer McLaren TOR LW 27 0 0 0 77 40.6% -3.1% 9 Colton Orr TOR RW 51 0 0 0 98 38.7% -4.9% 6 Nike Zoom Cheap China .C. - Blair Jones scored the eventual winner in the third period as the Abbotsford Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Oil Barons 3-2 in American Hockey League action on Friday. Nike Zoom Outlet . Minutes before the final whistle of Sporting Kansas Citys 3-0 victory over a shorthanded Montreal Impact squad on Saturday afternoon, Saputo tweeted: "Our fans deserve better. http://www.nikezoomoutlet.com/ . Now the Minnesota Vikings have set their sights on soccer.Womens Sport Week is in full swing, and Sky Sports looks at the growing role that women are playing in the NFL. At the start of the year, Sarah Thomas was appointed as a full-time official for this season. Although not the first female official, that honour goes to Shannon Eastin who was a replacement referee in 2012, Thomas is no stranger to breaking barriers in American football. She was the first woman to officiate in college football, as well as in a College Bowl game, in 2009. It is also a ground-breaking year for Kathryn Smith, who was hired as Special Teams Quality Control coach with the Buffalo Bills, becoming the first full-time female coach in the NFL. It is Smiths 14th year in the league, having served as an intern and administrative assistant with the New York Jets and Bills, before being appointed as a coach in January. The appointment came at the end of a season where Dr Jen Welter completed a pre-season internship at the Arizona Cardinals, coaching inside linebackers before the team went on to the NFC Championship game later that year. Welter is now a full time linebackers coach at the Dallas Revolution in the American Indoor League. Womens Sport Week Check out all the news from Womens Sport Week, including #myinspirationalwoman Jen Welter served a linebacker coaching internship with the Arizona Cardinals during preseason As the NFL continues to grow as Americas most popular spectator sport, so too does the female viewership. In 2013, the NFL recognised that 45 per cent of its fan base was female, and the viewing figures for women had grown 26 per cent between 2009-2013. We believe were a better organisation when we have diversity, and were making progress on that front, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said following the NFL International series game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Indianapolis Colts.Were seeing progress not only in coaching and officiating, but we now have four female physicians and six athletic trainers in roles with teams. But we always think we can do better, and I know we will continue to make progress because we will benefit from that diversity. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell bbelieves progress is being made as women are getting more opportunities to progress Sam Rapoport has also been brought in as the leagues director of football development, and has plans in place to support the role of women within teams, as coaches, officials, scouts and trainers as well as within the organisations head office. Nike Zoom Clearance. Carson Tinker, the Jacksonville Jaguars long snapper has spoken with Thomas at training camps, and believes that as a woman she has to go above and beyond to break the stigma of a mans world surrounding the NFL.The NFL is definitely a mans world, so its awesome to be able to come in and earn the respect that they have in the game.They have to work twice as hard, know and do twice as much to prove themselves so theyre definitely deserving of their opportunity.Sky Sports NFL expert Neil Reynolds praised the steps both Smith and Thomas are making in their respective fields. These two ladies are absolute ground-breakers and its good because you dont get to the position that theyre in without proving your worth, and this is a chance for others to follow their lead, he said. The NFL is big on production - its what you bring to the table and both Smith and Thomas have shown that you dont get to that point by accident.Chatting with Sarah at the Jaguars mini-camp, she explained how much any official has to do to reach the NFL. She doesnt do interviews because officials dont do that, and its good that she isnt singled out. She wants to be treated like any other. Shannon Eastin became the first female official in the NFL back in 2012 The NFL can sometimes appear like an old boys club, when the same coaches moves around the league taking their favourite coordinators and coaches with them, but Reynolds believes that the game is changing and doors are being opened.The perception from the outside is that its a closed shop. Thats why what Kathryn Smith is doing can be blazing a trail, and why not have more women coaching in the NFL.The only way now is for these role models to prove their ability at the highest level and if they can do that, then it will only create more opportunities for others. You can watch Englands tour of Bangladesh, plus Premier League football and the Japan Grand Prix on Sky Sports. Upgrade now and enjoy three months at half price! Also See: NFL week four highlights What is Womens Sport Week? Womens Sports Week Headlines NFL week five: what to watch ' ' '

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