Travis Dermott, the first pairing defender, has arrived

On Saturday night, the Leafs debuted a new set of defensive pairings, featuring Travis Dermott on the top pairing with newly-extended Morgan Rielly.
As a beneficiary of excellent play to start the season, Dermott seems to have earned this promotion, with his excellent play with Rasmus Sandin.
To honour that occasion, I thought it would be prudent to go over his career’s numbers thus far to get a sense of how good he could be in an expanded role, if it were to continue.
Dermott has played the majority of the last three years, half of the year before that, and the few games so far this year. So, we have about 4 season’s worth of data to work with. Let’s start with the overall picture, with all situations production and even-strength shot attempt stats, from Evolving Hockey:
Player
Season
GP
TOI (all)
G
A1
A2
Points
TOI (EV)
GF%
SF%
FF%
CF%
xGF%
Travis Dermott
17-22
216
3454.98
11
11
26
48
3230.6
55.3
52.59
52.69
53.54
54.45
It’s easy to see that he’s been a positive influence in goal-scoring (Goals For, GF%, a slightly better version of +/-), controlling the shot attempts (Corsi For, CF%), and even better when factoring in the location of those shots ( …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

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