Key Stat: Beagle tallied nine goals in 102 contests this past season. Three of those goals were game winners, including Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals in Tampa.
Interesting Stat: Always known as a strong defensive center Beagle set a new career high with a 58.5 win percentage in the face-off dot. That percentage ballooned to 60.1 in the playoffs.
The Good: With 79 games under his belt this season it was Beagle’s second most healthy campaign (81 GP 2016-2017). Beagle capitalized on this by posting the second best offensive campaign of his career, tallying 22 points (7G 15A). In the second season Beagle cranked his offensive production up even further, and often at key times. He averaged 0.28 points-per-game through the regular season before upping that to 0.35 through the 23 postseason games he played.
The Bad: Despite the strong offensive numbers Beagle only registered 65 shots on goal, his lowest total since 2013-2014. He was able to post strong offensive totals with a 10.8 shooting percentage but expect that number to drop closer to his career average (< 10%) next season. Regardless, Beagle’s performance this past year has earned him a raise that Washington may be unable to offer. Entering the season in the final year of a three year pact signed in June 2015 Beagle will be looking for contract stability and a raise from his current salary of $1.75 million.
Beagle and His Linemates (chart by @muneebalamcu):
Beagle’s 5v5 Usage (chart by @muneebalamcu):
Beagle’s Rolling Shot-Attempt (Corsi) -For Percentage (chart by @muneebalamcu):
The Vote: Rate Beagle 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: Beagle had one of the most dominant seasons of his NHL career. Has he played his final game in a Capitals sweater? If he walks, do you believe the organization has someone capable of fulfilling the fourth-line center position internally? If he stays, what would it take for you to give him a “10” next year?
How do you rate Jay Beagle’s 2017-18 season?
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