Taylor Hall & Eric Belanger WOWY, A Tale Of Two Seasons

Taylor Hall and Eric Belanger have been on the ice for a total of four scoring chances thus far in 2011-12. Their paths don't often intersect, so their WOWYs should give us an idea, by proxy, of the strength of their linemates. Call it the transitive property of scoring chances.

All data compiled and published by Dennis King and mc79hockey.com


With Hall
Without Hall
Hall Without
# CF CA %
CF CA %
CF CA %
10 24 25 0.490
123 145 0.459
113 98 0.536
14 79 68 0.537
67 89 0.429
58 55 0.513
83 43 37 0.538
65 80 0.448
94 86 0.522
89 21 22 0.488
70 93 0.429
116 101 0.535
93 93 74 0.557
54 67 0.446
44 49 0.473












5 46 34 0.575
109 137 0.443
91 89 0.506
6 9 11 0.450
47 63 0.427
128 112 0.533
13 11 17 0.393
22 31 0.415
126 106 0.543
24 35 43 0.449
76 110 0.409
102 80 0.560
25 16 15 0.516
51 61 0.455
121 108 0.528
33 13 15 0.464
35 43 0.449
124 108 0.534
44 40 33 0.548
60 79 0.432
97 90 0.519
58 41 39 0.513
83 114 0.421
96 84 0.533
77 53 33 0.616
103 119 0.464
84 90 0.483

Exactly one player has been better without Hall and shockingly, it's Cam Barker. Every other player is worse, and significantly so, without Hall. Without Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Tom Gilbert, however, Hall is underwater.


With Belanger
Without Belanger
Belanger Without
# CF CA %
CF CA %
CF CA %
14 8 13 0.381
138 144 0.489
76 106 0.418
28 50 71 0.413
58 61 0.487
34 48 0.415
37 3 14 0.176
25 32 0.439
81 105 0.435
55 21 19 0.525
25 36 0.410
63 100 0.387
89 28 40 0.412
63 75 0.457
56 79 0.415
91 27 30 0.474
23 22 0.511
57 89 0.390
94 17 21 0.447
138 153 0.474
67 98 0.406












5 26 41 0.388
129 130 0.498
58 78 0.426
6 16 19 0.457
40 55 0.421
68 100 0.405
13 7 12 0.368
26 36 0.419
77 107 0.418
24 20 31 0.392
91 122 0.427
64 88 0.421
25 13 18 0.419
54 58 0.482
71 101 0.413
33 13 11 0.542
35 47 0.427
71 108 0.397
44 27 27 0.500
73 85 0.462
57 92 0.383
58 21 47 0.309
103 106 0.493
63 72 0.467
77 24 28 0.462
132 124 0.516
60 91 0.397

Belanger on the other hand, is dragging on his teammates, at least in the scoring chance department. Only four players are better with Belanger than without: Ben Eager, Ryan Whitney, Colten Teubert and Corey Potter. Eager is easy to explain - his regular linemates, Lennart Petrell and Anton Lander should both in the AHL right now.

Of particular interest are the numbers with Magnus Paajarvi and Sam Gagner. Working as a line, those three are 12 CF - 9 CA (57%), which means that Gagner and Belanger without Paajarvi are 16 CF - 31 CA (34%) and Paajarvi and Belanger without Gagner are 15 CF - 21 CA (42%). It's far too small of a sample size to make inferences on who is driving the bus, but we can see how much both Paajarvi and Gagner's numbers are affected when on the ice with Belanger.

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