Half of Booth's shots have been pretty good. There's some pretty good variety in there. I think there's a chance for him to better use his teammates in these situations. Booth has 13 shots in the last four games and Zack Kassian has just seven. That said, in none of the shifts I watched did Kassian make a beeline for the net and Booth was left to his devices.
One important thing to note: these shots are all at even strength, and Booth does almost all the zone entry work on his line with Kassian and Lapierre. Eric T. of NHL Numbers has done the leg work that shows that the most important part of a player's game is his ability to gain the zone with possession. Once in the offensive zone, it hardly matters who is out there, but Booth's zone entry abilities (I'll test the theory by actually counting entries for a game or two sometime this season) seem to be very strong in most of these players. Booth is the one making the move and bringing the puck in. After the last shot against Calgary, he skated the puck in and established possession, rather than dump it in, which meant the Canucks were able to hold onto the puck even as he changes.
This is a results-oriented fan base, but I don't think that accepting Booth ought to be bought out is the way to go. He's done well by Thom Drance's scoring chance data and has some excellent defensive abilities, plus his ability to control the neutral zone, which makes him a valuable player.
Eventually, pucks will go in for him. Even last season, when he scored just 16 goals and sat out some time to injury, he recorded 16 goals over 56 games, which is worth 23 over 82 games. Seeing his shooting percentage at evens is 8.9% since 2008 (playing mostly in shot-counting-heavy Florida) and was 9.8% last season, 0 goals in 21 five-on-five shots is pretty low. That's especially considering he's had five good chances in the shots outlined above.
If the lack of results continues after more than nine games, sure, then he becomes a buyout target. But generally it takes about 30 or 40 games for a team's results to catch up to the processes. For a player it can be even more than that. You won't find a guy on the free agent wire who is as good at five-on-five as David Booth is at both ends. Even without the crazy Sedin zone starts, he is third on the team in Corsi/60, and his WOWY's are unreal. Zack Kassian goes from a 53.2% Corsi player to 59.6% when Booth is on the ice. They're taking a lot of shots together, and the goals will come.
I know fans prefer results, but the honest truth is that "playing well" doesn't correlate with "getting results" over a short span of games no matter what your eyes tell you. If your eyes are better than the numbers, though, then allow me to propose a number of proposition bets against you. I'll win most of them.
Jovocop wrote:As I said, Booth is not the problem. Lacking 2 centremen and 2 RH defensmen (with Bieksa out) is the major problem for the Canucks.
vic wrote:Jovocop wrote:As I said, Booth is not the problem. Lacking 2 centremen and 2 RH defensmen (with Bieksa out) is the major problem for the Canucks.
Not having a coaching staff that can make adjustments to their system based on the players they have available is the problem - look at Ottawa and all their missing pieces, Montreal who has one of the smallest teams in the league and where they're sitting in the standings.
Med's (?) Chocolate sundae example was perfect example of the inept coaching staff the Canucks have behind the bench.
CFP! wrote:Brandon Sutter for MayRay/Schroeder/3rd
Marcel Goc - Florida
Contract: $1.7 million through 2014 (UFA)
Perhaps the most intriguing realistic acquisition, Goc is having a great season for the Panthers (just as he did in 2011-12). He can play tough minutes, drive possession forward, win faceoffs, and play in both special team situations. He is a borderline second line center and would give the Canucks another line capable of scoring some goals. Do the Canucks make another trade with the Panthers?
Shawn Matthias - Florida
Contract: $850,000 through 2013 (RFA)
It is unlikely that the Panthers move Matthias, but he would be a very attractive piece to the Canucks. He’s young and controllable, and he brings a lot of elements they would be looking for from a bottom six center. And Florida has a lot of young centers ready to play. Drew Shore has had a great rookie season, and Nick Bjugstad is on the way. Stephen Weiss likely won’t be back, so Florida may try and keep Matthias around to ensure they don’t lose a lot of their depth.
Trading for Matthias would be more of a “hockey trade” than a pure deadline rental
Derick Brassard – Columbus
Contract: $3.2 million through 2014 (RFA)
Speaking of hockey trades, Brassard is another interesting option. He is owed a decent chunk of change on his contract, but he would bring a lot to the Canucks – namely skill and offensive ability. He wouldn’t be acquired to play shutdown minutes for the Canucks. Vancouver desperately needs skill and playmaking in their top nine – in fact, I’d argue that a lack of skill is a more pressing need than finding a checking center.
Acquiring Brassard would mean that Kesler would have to play tougher minutes. Another option would be to move Kesler to right wing (I think this is the best solution), but that would only happen if the Canucks were able to bring in another center as well. I can’t see the team trading for two centers at the deadline – perhaps one now, and another in the summer?
Brassard has been on the trading block for a while now, as a lack of development (injuries, bad team, there are many reasons for that) in Columbus has kept him from really emerging as a consistent offensive threat. Or perhaps the Canucks
acquire him to play on the wing?
Aaronp18 wrote:CFP! wrote:Brandon Sutter for MayRay/Schroeder/3rd
I don't think Sutter is going anywhere. Not for that package anyways.
What about making a move with the Sharks? They are in the same boat as usual and are currently on the outside of the playoffs looking in.
Elder and Raymond for Pavelski and Demers.
Blob Mckenzie wrote:[Blobs blort
Blob Mckenzie wrote:[Hansen - I assume] probably considered untouchable by some people but I don't ever see this guy consistently breaking 20 goals. He's cheap , he has another year before UFA and his production is no better than Higgins or Raymond but he has much more value. If this team wants to improve its scoring and skill level up front I'd say we need to move our eldest Dane. I like the guy but after next year he will be jumping into that 3- 4 million level himself and his value has never been higher. Or MG can continue to spin his wheels. Soon to be 27, what we see is what we will get with this player.
DonCherry4PM wrote:Was just listening to a Team1040 interview with GMMG. One line that caught me was GMMG stating:
We have to change tactics to have success against teams playing a certain style.
Now maybe I am taking this statement wrong, but it felt like a bit of a censure to AV's coaching and a bit of vindication for those of us who have been arguing that AV has a very static game strategy which he either unwilling or unable to adapt based upon the play of others. Not that the GM is always right, but at least he seems to be recognizing some of the deficiencies with AV.