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2017-18 Rink Wrap: Christian Djoos

From Backstrom to Wilson, we’re taking a look at and grading the 2017-18 season for every player who laced ‘em up for the Stanley Cup Champion Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2018-19. Next up, Christian Djoos.

2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Five Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Regular Season
Scor Scor Scor Goal Goal Goal Goal Shot Shot Ice
Season Age Tm GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% ATOI FO%
2017-18 23 WSH 63 3 11 14 13 10 3 0 0 0 60 5.0 14:02
Career 63 3 11 14 13 10 3 0 0 0 60 5.0 14:02

Scor Scor Scor Goal Goal Goal Goal Ice
Season Age Tm GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% ATOI FO%
2017-18 23 WSH SC 22 0 1 1 5 4 0 0 0 0 16 0.0 10:51
Career 1 22 0 1 1 5 4 0 0 0 0 16 0.0 10:51

Key Stat: Christian Djoos was one of four rookies who played more than 50 games for the Caps’ this season, which was the first time the team has rolled out four rooks to such an extent since 1981. In third-pair minutes, he paced the blueline with a 51.8% CF, the second best mark on the team behind noted possession-driver Andre Burakovsky.

Interesting Stat: Djoos made his NHL debut on October 11 against the Pittsburgh, where he notched a goal and an assist. Way to make a splash, rook, and excellent choice of foe. In doing so he became the first Caps blueliner to score in his NHL debut since 1996. Any guesses as to who did it then? Yep, you guessed it, Steve Poapst. He also became the first defenseman in franchise history to notch two points in his first game. Way to get into the record books early, greenhorn.

The Good: Besides the obvious — the young Swede jumpstarted his career by cracking the lineup, and then outplaying an ostensibly higher prospect in Madison Bowey, and playing a night-in night-out role on a Championship squad (while topping the blue line in just about ever shot attempt, shot, and chance share metric under the sun) — Djoos spent the majority of the playoffs anchored to Brooks Orpik, who isn’t the necessarily the most friendly partner for your boxcars. But over 205 minutes and 22 games, Djoos and Orpik were only on the ice for 2 5v5 goals against, but 9 goals for. Third pair production efficiency made some serious material contributions to the Caps’ Cup run.

The Bad: Well, he’s gotta get those microphone skills up, for one, and hopefully the playoff beard is a little more impressive next year, but there’s not a whole lot of negative to say about Christian Djoos. He made the most of his chance, whether it was with John Carlson or Brooks Orpik, and didn’t let a late-season stretch in the pressbox get his spirits down. Maybe he could muscle up a bit, but if this campaign’s performance is replicable, it hardly seems necessary.

The Video:

The Charts:

Djoos’s Season, Game-by-Game (via HockeyViz, explained here):

Djoos and His Defensive Partners (chart by @muneebalamcu):

Djoos’s 5v5 Teammates and Competition (via HockeyViz, explained here):

Djoos’s 5v5 Usage (chart by @muneebalamcu):

Djoos’s With-or-Without You (via HockeyViz, explained here):

Djoos’s Rolling Shot-Attempt (Corsi) -For Percentage (chart by @muneebalamcu):

Djoos’s Player Traits and Performance (chart by @RK_Stimp, data by @ShutdownLine, Tableau here):

The Vote: Rate Djoos 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 role best suits Djoos at this early point in his career? Where does his game need work? With a handful of highly touted young blueliners fighting for ice time, how secure is Djoos’s spot in the lineup? What would it take for you to give him a “10” next year?

Other Djoos Season Reviews: Peerless, RMNB


How do you rate Christian Djoos’s 2017-18 season?

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