Ryan Whitney posted some rather exciting results in 2010-2011. As Jonathan noted, it was his career year, offensively, at least. He was alone in the top pairing for most of the season as Tom Renney chose to rotate the rest of the defense through the first pairing with Whitney. One of the Oilers' biggest needs in the off-season is stability in the top pairing - a defensively mindful partner who can cover the roost when Whitney goes roaming.
Chance % Team Rank: 11/23
Chance % Def Rank: 5/8
Diff/60 Team Rank: 11/23
Diff/60 Def Rank: 5/8
TCF = season total even strength chances for; TCA = season total even strength chances against; SCF = segment even strength chances for; SCA = segment even strength chances against; Segment % = player scoring chance percentage during the season segment; Team Seg % = Oilers team scoring chance percentage during the season segment.
|Game #||TCF||TCA||SCF||SCA||Segment %||Team Seg %|
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- Whitney and the Oilers had the same .465 chance % for the entire season, but at the time Whitney went down to injury, the Oilers' team chance % was .442 - they actually improved after losing Whitney.
- Whitney was better than the team average in each segment, not an easy task for the team's default #1 defender.
|With Whitney||Without Whitney||Whitney Without|
- Whitney was involved in 361 total chances during the season. Tom Gilbert partnered with Whitney for 96 of those, or 26.6% of Whitney's total chances. Jim Vandermeer was on the top pairing for 83 chances, or 23.0%. Jason Strudwick totaled 60 chances for 16.6%. Whitney paired with Kurtis Foster for 59 chances, or 16.3%. At no point in his injury-shortened season was Whitney able to rely on a partner.