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2016-17 Rink Wrap: Daniel Winnik

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From Alzner to Winnik, we're taking a look at and grading the 2016-17 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2017-18. Last but not least, Daniel Winnik.

Boston Bruins v Washington Capitals Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Japers' Rink Player Card (click for a hi-res version; data via, and Cap Friendly):

Winnik's Season, Game-by-Game (via HockeyViz, explained here):

Winnik and His Linemates (chart by @muneebalamcu):

Winnik's 5v5 Teammates and Competition (via HockeyViz, explained here):

Winnik's 5v5 Usage (chart by @muneebalamcu):

Winnik's With-or-Without You (via HockeyViz, explained here):

Winnik's Rolling Shot-Attempt (Corsi) -For Percentage (chart by @muneebalamcu):

Winnik's Last Ten Seasons (via

Winnik’s Goals Against Replacement (GAR) Components (chart by @ChartingHockey, data by @DTMAboutHeart, explained here, Tableau here):

Winnik's HERO Chart (via Own The Puck):

Previous Rink Wraps: 2015-16 (5.38 rating)

Key Stat: Winnik reached a new career high in goals scored this year with 12 tallies in 72 regular season contests. His previous best of eleven was reached twice (with Phoenix and Colorado) but in more games played (79 and 80, respectively).

Interesting Stat: On the penalty kill Winnik led all Washington skaters with two shorthanded goals (only Jay Beagle, Lars Eller, and T.J. Oshie were the only other SHGs).

The Good: In Winnik’s first full year with Washington he posted solid numbers for a bottom-six winger, largely skating alongside Beagle and Tom Wilson. After being a healthy scratch several times to start the season Winnik found himself making an impact on the fourth line, and the penalty kill, with his legs and brain. Finally healed from a high ankle sprain that occurred in the later half of the 2015-2016 season allowed Winnik to regain his confidence and skating legs. Both attributes helped him notch personal offensive highs and allowed him to tie for fourth on the Capitals with three game winning goals.

The Bad: If Winnik’s regular season was a return to form for the 32 year old veteran then the playoffs were a step back. Despite skating in all thirteen postseason games Winnik was unable to register a point, and that’s a failure for deep teams with Stanley Cup aspirations. During the regular season Winnik averaged 0.35 PPG, a fine number, but one that promptly dropped to zero in the second season. Perhaps even worse was Winnik’s inability to put the puck on net, only shooting 11 shots that required Frederik Andersen or Marc-Andre Fleury to make a save. In seven visits to the postseason in his career (total ling 58 games) Winnik has zero goals and three assists.

The Video:

The Vote: Rate Winnik 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: What do you think Winnik is capable of next year? Were his regular season numbers indicative of the type of player he is, or do they overvalue his worth? Will Winnik ever score a playoff goal? What would it take for you to give him a "10" next year?


How do you rate Daniel Winnik’s 2016-17 season?

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