Shawn Horcoff's first year as Captain of a team built to land another lottery pick saw him play a well-defined role: he was the defensively-responsible housesitter assigned to protect his own zone while the kids went gallivanting around the rink. Horcoff played with fewer linemates than any other forward with as many games. In a way, his housesitting duties rescued his reputation amongst Edmonton fans. Prior to the season, the fan's book on Horcoff went something like this: "overpaid, useless, terrible, awful." Now he's thought of in a completely different manner - he's the guy that allowed the kids to do their thing.
Chance % Team Rank: 3/23
Chance % Fwd Rank: 2/15
Diff/60 Team Rank: 3/23
Diff/60 Fwd Rank: 2/15
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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- In games 21-30 and 41-50, Horcoff and friends were killing it. At first glance, it seems like Horcoff, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle were responsible for dragging the Oilers' team average up to respectability.
|With Horcoff||Without Horcoff||Horcoff Without|
- As I wrote in the opening - Horcoff had a very specifically-defined role - protect Hall and Eberle. He was never subjected to the Renney/Injury blender.