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Let's look at some of the early season shooting numbers for Wild forwards.

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sport

-The following table shows each Wild forward who has played at least 3 games, their Shooting percentage as well as goals, shots on goal, missed and blocked shot totals:

WILD FORWARDS (3+ GAMES PLAYED)

PLAYER

Sh%

GOALS

SHOTS

MISSED SHOTS

BLOCKED SHOTS

Jason Pominville

17.9%

7

39

16

17

Matt Cooke

16.7%

3

18

8

8

Justin Fontaine

15.8%

3

19

12

6

Kyle Brodziak

12.5%

2

16

9

9

Zach Parise

9.1%

6

66

7

13

Nino Niederreiter

6.7%

2

30

8

3

Dany Heatley

4.5%

1

22

13

13

Mikko Koivu

3.3%

1

30

25

15

Torrey Mitchell

0.0%

0

17

2

2

Mikael Granlund

0.0%

0

14

7

6

Stephane Veilleux

0.0%

0

7

2

3

Zenon Konopka

0.0%

0

3

4

1

  • The best comparison to look at from the above numbers is Jason Pominville and Mikko Koivu. Both players are shooting the puck a lot, both players are missing the net a lot and both players are having their shots blocked a lot. The only difference is that Pominville has seen 7 of his shots on goal beat the goalie (or hit the empty net in one instance), while Koivu has only had 1. Koivu is doing everything right, and if he keeps putting the puck on goal, he will find his Sh% will progress to the mean and his goals total will rise dramatically.
  • Mikael Granlund needs to get more shots on goal. He is an excellent playmaker and will create goals for his teammates, but that doesn't mean he shouldn't be selfish sometimes and try to beat the goalie on his own. Only 14 shots on goal in 13 games is very low for a player of his skill and creativity.
  • How has Zenon Konopka only managed 8 shot attempts in 14 games where his line has mostly been very dominant in puck possession and matched against other teams's 4th lines? I know he's not known for much more than face-offs and face-punches, but that is really bad.
  • Dany Heatley has 33 shots on goal and only 1 has been successful, and it was an empty-netter. He may be useless as an all-round player these days, but he can certainly still shoot. A Sh% of 4.5% isn't indicative of his skill, and it's more of a question of when it returns to normal rather than if. When it does, Heatley will see his production improve.
  • Nino "Knightrider" has looked excellent this year and is only shooting 6.7%. If he keeps generating scoring chances, he will find himself cashing-in big time, when his Sh% progresses to the mean, and will have Garth Snow looking like a fool by the end of the year.


I'll be back with another Noon Number on Friday (could be a short one as I have my graduation the night before).

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