Kasperi the Ghost

Is four games into the season too early to have an opinion on the performance of a player? Most definitely.
Am I going to complain about Kapanen anyway? You betcha.
So first let’s take a look at what Kapanen’s first four games have looked like…
Game #
GF
GA
GF%
CF
CA
CF%
CF Rel
xGF
xGA
xGF%
xGF Rel
TOI
1
0
1
0
9
11
45
-17.82
0.48
0.48
50.28
-16.26
12:07
2
0
0

12
11
52.17
3.9
0.24
0.45
35.02
-6.89
12:16
3
0
2
0
15
17
46.88
5.45
0.5
1.02
32.71
-8.38
13:33
4
0
1
0
20
10
66.67
5.8
0.75
0.22
77.45
15.9
13:25
I think it’s worth noting that Kapanen is also on the ice with Tavares and Marner and these numbers are as much theirs as they are his, with the exception of the fact that both Marner and Tavares have seen substantial improvement in special teams situations and Kapanen has not.
So far this year, only 11 of those Corsi For events belong to Kasperi Kapanen, so he’s not even individually responsible for 20% of the shots directed at the net when he’s on the ice. Again those numbers may be skewed by the fact that Tavares and Marner are going to rule the roost, and be responsible for the majority of the opportunities, but given Kapanen’s past output, he’s slid into oblivion on this.
Add in the broken stick incident which …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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