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Jarret Stoll had the best shootout season ever

Posted on: July 16, 2011 6:22 pm
Edited on: July 16, 2011 11:14 pm
By: Adam Gretz

Six years since it's been introduced to the NHL and I'm still not quite sure how I feel about the shootout. On one hand, I agree with the traditionalists that hate having 65 minutes of hockey (regulation and overtime) decided by a series of breakaways. On the other hand, it can be pretty awesome to watch from an entertainment point of view, especially if you're lucky enough to catch somebody like Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk or Edmonton's Linus Omark (seriously, check him out).

Regardless, it's turned out to be a pretty important aspect of the post-lockout NHL and can have an impact on the standings. Having a go-to guy can be a nice advantage for a team, but the problem is trying to figure out who that go-to guy is. Supremely talented players like Evgeni Malkin (7-for-29 in his career) and Jaromir Jagr (5-for-22 before he went to the KHL) have been pretty awful, while a player like Jarret Stoll, one that's not really known for being an offensive powerhouse, has demonstrated periods of dominance.

During the 2010-11 season, Stoll, a member of the Los Angeles Kings, was called on by head coach Terry Murray 10 times and managed to convert on nine of them -- including his final seven attempts -- a success rate of 90 percent for the season. I went back to the 2005-06 season (the year the shootout was put in place) and put together a list of every player that attempted a mininum of eight shots in a single season (250) to see how that 90 percent mark stacked up. It turned out to be the best mark in the history of the shootout at the NHL level, and by a pretty decent margin.

Here are the ten best single season shootout performances...

Best Single Season Shootout Performances
Player Season Attempts Goals Percentage
Jarret Stoll 2010-11 10 9 90%
Wojtek Wolski 2008-09 12 10 83.3%
Sidney Crosby 2009-10 10 8 80%
Patrick Kane 2007-08 9 7 77.8%
Jussi Jokinen 2005-06 13 10 76.9%
Slava Kozlov 2008-09 8 6 75%
Miroslav Satan 2005-06 10 7 70%
Viktor Kozlov 2005-06 12 8 66.7%
Jaroslav Balastik 2005-06 9 6 66.7%
Matt Cullen 2005-06 9 6 66.7%

If you go back and watch the shots Stoll scored you might be surprised to see that there's really nothing fancy going on. He typically skates down the middle of the ice and simply lets go a quick slapshot between the circles, beating goaltenders over the glove hand just under the crossbar. It's a strategy I've often wondered why more players don't attempt. How many times do you see a player attempt a slick move only to have the puck roll off his stick?

Still, Stoll's place at the top of the list is fascinating when you consider he's not really known for being a huge goal-scorer, and because prior to last season he had scored on just four of his 13 previous shootout attempts in his career.

Even more fascinating is the list of players that have had the worst single season shootout performances...

Worst Single Season Shootout Performances
Player Season Attempts Goals Percentage
Vincent Lecavalier 2009-10 8 1 12.5%
Niklas Hagman 2010-11 8 1 12.5%
Phil Kessel 2010-11 8 1 12.5%
Jarome Iginla 2005-06 9 1 11.1%
Ryan Kesler 2007-08 9 1 11.1%
Andy McDonald 2006-07 10 1 10.%
Iyla Kovalchuk 2005-06 10 1 10%
Mike Ribeiro 2009-10 12 1 8.3%
Wojtek Wolski 2009-10 15 1 6.7%
James Neal 2009-10 10 0 0.00%

First, that list has some pretty good players on it, and players that you would expect to be able to score at will in a shootout (Kovalchuk). But look at Wojtek Wolski, the only player to appear on both lists. He went from being the best shootout performer in 2008-09 (and the second best ever) to the worst shootout performer (and the second worst ever) in 2009-10. That is incredible.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: July 18, 2011 5:07 am

Jarret Stoll had the best shootout season ever

I don't know what's more disappointing here. The fact that the league has the shootout or the apparent support it garners on these boards. I've been a season seat holder to the Kings for 30 years. L.A. made the post-season last year b/c Stoll and Quick were machines in the SO's (Quick went undefeated.)

With that being said, it still stinks and is an idiotic way to end games. I'll listen to them on the radio, but I typically leave the Staples Center if the game goes to a SO. Stupid gimmicky way to end a game. Leave the tie after a 5 minute 4 on 4 OT. Oh, and get rid of this "bonus point" crap.

Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: July 17, 2011 1:50 pm

Jarret Stoll had the best shootout season ever

hey Bob how about a home run competition to decide baseball games? sounds stupid dont it, only Bettman and the fringe fans are on board with this crap. for someone who has been 'watching hockey forever' you would expect a more intelligent post. Im 37 and fell in love with hockey the way it was - not because of shootouts. like any sport the game changes rules and how its played over time and I get that but to say deciding a hockey game by an IHL idea is good....well we know where the IHL ended up, hopefully Bettman and his advisors brilliant ideas arent far behind. seeeee ya, and take your drive thru fans with you

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: July 17, 2011 1:35 pm

Jarret Stoll had the best shootout season ever

its not that traditionalists dont like the shootout, its just that the game should be determined by the full team, not some one-on-one battle. The penalty shot used to be one of the most exciting plays in pro sports, but the shootout kinda weakened its appeal. I think games should just get 1 full 20-minute overtime period, if theres no winner, game ends in a tie. I dont think teams should get a point for an OT loss, thats a joke!

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: July 17, 2011 11:34 am

Jarret Stoll had the best shootout season ever

I've been following hockey as long as anyone, but the "traditionalists" are totally wrong on the shootout. The shootout has been great for the game. I actually hope the 4 on 4 ends in a tie so the game will go to a shootout. I think they should even do the shootout in the playoffs. I know people will scream bloody murder, but come on, who wants to see some 4 OT game? After about 30 minutes of overtime the game breaks down, gets pretty boring and 95% of the viewers have gone to bed because some people actually have to work the next day. Players are so exhausted that there's no more bursts or scoring chances, puck just bouncing back and forth between the blue lines until finally some flukey shot finds its way into the net. How is that good for the game?  I am not saying eliminate OT altogether, in fact give to two 20 minute overtime periods if you must. However, I don't see how sleepwalking players trying to sort it out does the game justice any more than a shootout.

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: July 17, 2011 9:41 am

Jarret Stoll had the best shootout season ever

I hate ties. Hockey did the right thing in eliminating ties and bringing a sense of finality to the game. Now that a team receives a point for a tied game after three periods, the overall point standings better represent the strongest teams in the league.  Is  team A that wins two games out of four better than  team B that won two games out of four but lost the other two in OT? Now consider that team A's losses were blowouts, the games were never close.

Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: July 17, 2011 8:52 am

Jarret Stoll had the best shootout season ever

shootout is such a gimmick, like having NBA games decided by a dunk contest

Since: Nov 9, 2009
Posted on: July 17, 2011 12:39 am

Jarret Stoll had the best shootout season ever

I like the shootout much more than having a game end in a tie. But if I had my say in things I like 4 on 4 OT hockey better and would prefer it to be ended that way

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: July 16, 2011 11:19 pm

Jarret Stoll had the best shootout season ever

I was perfectly happy with the tie, it is better then having these bastardized standings where nothing is remotely accurate about it.  The best teams never get to be ranked as the best team, instead some loser shoot-out winners get to have better standings by going to a wide-open net and trying to fake some already tired goalie out.

Ties are the devil in the NHL Standings, which is the whole problem.  The NHL smart guys were so daft they have to now stick a free carrot (aka point) in front of teams to last 60 minutes.  Teams are for some reason unable to deal with the concept of real consequences with shoot-outs, and cannot take a baseball standings scenario.  It is pretty crappy league, when you have shoot-outs and crappily made standings as a reward for paying attention.  NHL management is still the worst, at something like simple logic. 

A GB standings must be created, not loser point standings which are inaccurate.

Since: Jan 28, 2011
Posted on: July 16, 2011 8:53 pm

Jarret Stoll had the best shootout season ever

I love the shootout. All the traditionalists can have their ties. Turn the TV off at the end of the overtime if they don't want to watch the shootout. I love the fact that it puts an ending to a game. From what I see neither team gains an advantage in a shootout. How many other sports do we know of end in ties? If hockey ended in ties as frequently as the NFL then I would say no to the shootout. But look at how many games end in a tie in hockey. Hockey did the right thing by going to a shootout in the regular season.

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