The Numbers Behind Thomas Chabot’s Sophomore Scoring Explosion

The Numbers Behind Thomas Chabot’s Sophomore Scoring Explosion

After dealing away All-Star defenseman Erik Karlsson before the season, the Senators probably didn’t expect to have the highest-scoring blueline in the NHL, but that’s exactly where they stand at the moment. Their defensive group leads the NHL with 16 goals, headlined by a monster start to the season by Thomas Chabot. To say that Chabot ran with the opportunity following Karlsson’s departure is a massive understatement. He is second in goals among defensemen with five and his 22 points trail only¬†Connor McDavid and Mikko Rantanen for the league lead. In fact, he’s only three points shy of his career-high of 25 from last season. And if you think it’s a fluke, think again. Chabot ranks as one of the best in a number of key performance indicators.

Chabot is also averaging a team and career-high in ice time, with 23:04 minutes a night on average, which ranks 30th league-wide. He also ranks 21st in total possession time and with good reason, as he has the 16th-lowest turnover rate of any player with a minimum of 150 minutes played, a sample size of nearly 500 players. For all the turmoil that has surrounded the Senators organization over the last calendar year, Chabot’s play is definitely a breath of fresh air and optimism for the fanbase.

 

 

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