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kbooks
07-03-2012, 04:40
The only real dip into the unrestricted free agent market yesterday by the Toronto Maple Leafs was the signing of 3rd/4th line center Jay McClement. Jay McClement’s best season in the NHL point wise was in 2009-10 when he had 11 goals and 29 points and last year he had 10 goals and 17 points for the Avalanche so clearly he wasn’t signed to produce offense. The question is, how good is he defensively. Let’s take a look at how McClement compares to his Avalanche team mates last year in terms of goals against per 20 minutes of ice time.
Player Name GA 20
LANDESKOG, GABRIEL 0.645
O_REILLY, RYAN 0.657
DUCHENE, MATT 0.780
STASTNY, PAUL 0.812
HEJDUK, MILAN 0.837
JONES, DAVID 0.839
KOBASEW, CHUCK 0.878
MCCLEMENT, JAY 0.920
MCGINN, JAMIE 0.957
DOWNIE, STEVE 1.094

The only players who saw goals get scored against the avalanche at a higher rate when they were on the ice last year were McGinn and Downie, and a good part of Downie’s time was spent with the extremely defensively inept Tampa Bay Lightning so you can’t really include Downie. So, essentially McClement had the second worst goals against rate of any Avalanche forward. Now, what about quality of competition. Let’s look at the average goal scoring rate (goals for per 20 minutes of ice time) of the players McClement lined up against.
Player Name OppGF20
O_REILLY, RYAN 0.790
LANDESKOG, GABRIEL 0.787
DUCHENE, MATT 0.775
DOWNIE, STEVE 0.775
STASTNY, PAUL 0.763
HEJDUK, MILAN 0.762
JONES, DAVID 0.760
KOBASEW, CHUCK 0.746
MCGINN, JAMIE 0.746
MCCLEMENT, JAY 0.737

McClement’s opposition was by far the weakest offensively that any Avalanche forward faced last season. This isn’t very good news for Leaf fans who might be expecting a defensive forward.

In 2010-11 he split time between the St. Louis Blues and the Colorado Avalanche and put up a goals against per 20 minute of ice time of 1.147. The only two forwards on either team to put up a worse GA20 was Brandon Yip and Kevin Porter. His quality of competition was a little tougher in 2010-11, about middle of the pack of those two teams.

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