• Graph Du Jour: Marincin v. Jultz

    by  • March 7, 2014 • Hockey • 3 Comments

    I guess we can retire the Jultz nickname now that we’re blessedly down to a single Schultz in the Oilers lineup but I thought that this graph was kind of interesting. It’s a rolling comparison of the Corsi% of Martin Marincin and Justin Schultz in the 26 games that Marincin has played this year.

    I don’t really know what conclusions we should draw from this. I will say that I’ve been a bit of a Justin Schultz skeptic in the sense that I’ve never really been convinced that he’s going to be a top pairing defenceman. I mean, I don’t really have any evidence that he won’t be but he’s not been a guy who’s jumped out at me. In fairness to him, it’s very early in his NHL career, although he turns 24 this summer. The same rules that applied when Dustin Penner came to Edmonton and people wanted to say it was just his third NHL season even though he was 25 apply to Schultz.

    That being said…boy is that ever a large gap. It’s just 26 games but the fact that it’s Marincin’s first 26 games, he’s two years younger and the gap is massive is kind of concerning. That being said, It’s possibly noteworthy that Marincin and Schultz have done about as well together as Marincin and Petry. I don’t know that I’d make a big commitment to Schultz yet if I was the Oilers but I might try and add an honest to goodness number one left handed shot defenceman for him to play with.

    As far as Marincin goes, he and Petry have given the Oilers the first consistently respectable defence pairing they’ve had in a while. As far as things to watch for while this lost season plays out, watching the two of them to see if they can continue to improve together is pretty high on my list.

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    3 Responses to Graph Du Jour: Marincin v. Jultz

    1. Mark
      March 7, 2014 at

      What’s with the initial valley for them, the San Jose game?

    2. Woodguy
      March 7, 2014 at

      It’s possibly noteworthy that Marincin and Schultz have done about as well together as Marincin and Petry. I don’t know that I’d make a big commitment to Schultz yet if I was the Oilers but I might try and add an honest to goodness number one left handed shot defenceman for him to play with.

      If Marincin does as well with Shultz as he does with Petry, then I’d say the honest to goodness number one left handed shot should play with Petry and let Marincin and Shultz play 2nds.

      As far as Marincin goes, he and Petry have given the Oilers the first consistently respectable defence pairing they’ve had in a while.

      Depends on what you mean by a while.

      In Renney’s last year, before the corsi death spiral of inexperienced coaches started, Smid and Petry (in basically the same year Shultz is in now, Petry had played 35 NHL games) posted a very respectable 49.7%CF while playing the toughest matchups on the 29th place Oilers.

      Strange stat for the top pairing for such an awful team, but there it is.

    3. Tyler Dellow
      March 7, 2014 at

      It’s not a lot of time WG – just a half hour. That said, I suppose I’d like to see Young Schultz paired with Marincin some more, if only to give us a better sense of what the Oilers have going forward. If Schultz/Marincin can play second pairing minutes and saw it off the rest of the way, I’m a lot more comfortable thinking that what the Oilers then need to find is a 1LD to play with Petry and let Marincin/Schultz develop as a second pairing.

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