Chimera's HERO Chart (via Own The Puck):
Chimera and His Linemates:
Chimera's 5v5 Usage:
Chimera's Rolling Shot-Attempt (Corsi) -For Percentage:
Chimera's Last Nine Seasons (via Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com):
Key Stat: Chimera's 40 point season was the second-most points he has ever recorded. It was also the second time in his career Chimera finished with 20 goals on the year.
Interesting Stat: Chimera's 22 penalty minutes this season was the fewest he has ever recorded in a season, cutting his previous season's sin bin time by more than half (51).
The Good: As far as 37-year-old wingers go, Jason Chimera's season was pretty alright (okay, he was technically 36 during the season, as he just turned 37 this month, but you get my point). Chimera was just the 51st player ever to record 20 goals at the age of 36.
Part of the reason Chimera was able to reach the 20 goal mark for the second time in his career was because of his power play time as a mainstay on the second unit. Chimera's 118:36 minutes on the extra man was the second-highest total of his career, and his nine power play points set a new career high.
Chimera also was a part of the penalty kill early on in the season, and his two shorthanded goals were tied for the 14th most in the NHL.
The Bad: This season, Chimera relied on a 12.1 percent shooting percentage, his highest percentage in the last 11 seasons. Chimera's inflated success rate helped mask underlying problems within the Capitals' third line this season, and it could have been part of the reason why Brian MacLellan didn't feel obligated to snag a top nine forward at the trade deadline.
Chimera's 47.95 Corsi-For percentage was the second-worst on the team. Those poor possession numbers became completely evident in the second-round matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins, where the third line, fueled heavily by Chimera, was completely outmatched by Pittsburgh's bottom six combo.
Chimera just simply isn't a possession driver. Of the eight players Chimera played at least 200 even-srength minutes with this season, Chimera only improved the possession numbers of two players. One of those players was Tom Wison, who had a horrid year possession-wise.
Defensively, Chimera was a bit scary this season. He led the Capitals in high-danger scoring chances against per 60 (12.01), scoring chances against per 60 (28.23) and Corsi Against per 60 (57.70).
The Vote: Rate Chimera below on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the best) based on his performance relative to his potential and your expectations for the season - if he had the best year you could have imagined him having, give him a 10; if he more or less played as you expected he would, give him a 5 or a 6; if he had the worst year you could have imagined him having, give him a 1.
The Discussion: Should the Capitals re-sign Chimera this offseason? Can he realistically be a top nine forward on a contending team next season? What would it take for you to give him a "10" next year?