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And here’s Jordan in some prime real estate: Overtime to Shine Jordan Staal dominated the first NHL season of three on three overtimes and it’s so impressive that, even though the sample size isn’t very large, I couldn’t leave it out of this article.
Of the 52 NHL players to play 20 minutes or more in the 3v3 OT here’s where Jordan ranked: Jordan is a stifling presence on the ice even when there’s tons of space.
He’s probably our team’s best defensive player although Jaccob Slavin is fast on his heels.
Next season the young Canes team will need Jordan to continue improving from his impressive 15-16 season for the Canes to pressure for a playoff spot.
This is most noticeable with Nordstrom’s massive difference, and to a lesser degree Nestrasil, who both generated far fewer quality chances without Jordan on their line.
If I had to guess why, it’s that Jordan’s ability to drive to the net, force rebounds, and create deflection opportunities creates higher quality goal scoring chances than most of the other Canes forwards. Staal, and Versteeg were strong here as well, they just didn’t convert as frequently.
Tableau The above chart shows that, at least in the short term, Jordan has a similar effect on shot quality as well.
Under the same criteria as above, players playing significant time with Jordan last year saw their expected goals for (x GF) rates increase while playing with him.
In Joakim Nordstrom’s 200 minutes without Jordan his CF% was 16% lower than when they were together for 700 mintues.He Makes Everyone Better It should be no secret that on teams with forward depth Joakim Nordstrom and Andrej Nestrasil would probably be bottom six skaters and likely skating on the 4th line.On the Hurricanes, a team slowly revamping its forward group after successfully doing the same to its defense, Nordstrom and Nestrasil are in a much more prominent role, skating top six minutes, and, as the checking line, facing the best talent the NHL has to offer.He’s a big, defensive force who excels at 5v5 and the penalty kill, simply dominates during 3v3 overtime, and he also had his best Canes season on the Power Play to boot. He’s deployed defensively more than any other forward on the team, his possession numbers are phenomenal showing that he drives play back up the ice, and he is a main contributor to special teams.He does all this with perhaps little given to him in terms of talent to play with, and, I think, because he hasn’t put up massive point totals, he’s under-appreciated in his own market.