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Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek: A Dynamic Duo

I was looking around on ExtraSkater.com and noticed that the Flyers had quite a few players in the top 25 or so of CF% Rel. From ExtraSkater’s glossary: "CF% Rel is Corsi for percentage relative to team’s CF% with player not on ice." CF Rel measures how well a player drives possession at a rate relative to the rest of his team. Obviously in order to determine what type of player one is (superstar, elite, great, average, etc.) you have to look at more than just 1 stat. I decided to look at some of the top Center/Winger pairings in the league and compare them to Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek. I chose Voracek rather than Hartnell because Hartnell has spent some time this year away from the top line, while Giroux has been on the ice for 706:30 of 836:47 of Voracek’s 5v5 TOI.

Here are the 8 pairings I compared Giroux and Voracek to and the raw data:

POINTS

PTS

CF REL

CFREL

PTS *( 1+CFREL)

QoC

QoT

QoT - QoC

Center

Bergeron

BOS

45

87

10.2%

18.4%

103.008

29.40%

29.70%

0.30%

1.40%

Winger

Marchand

42

8.20%

29.30%

30.40%

1.10%

Center

Gallagher

MTL

36

78

9.20%

18.7%

92.586

29.10%

30.80%

1.70%

3.00%

Winger

Pacioretty

42

9.50%

29.10%

30.40%

1.30%

Center

H Sedin

VAN

41

81

6.10%

13.7%

92.097

29.80%

32.70%

2.90%

5.60%

Winger

D Sedin

40

7.60%

29.80%

32.50%

2.70%

Center

Crosby

PIT

88

147

6.80%

12.0%

164.64

30.10%

30.50%

0.40%

2.00%

Winger

Kunitz

59

5.20%

30.20%

31.80%

1.60%

Center

Kopitar

LAK

56

92

6.60%

12.5%

103.5

29.70%

30.40%

0.70%

2.10%

Winger

Williams

36

5.90%

29.40%

30.80%

1.40%

Center

Toews

CHI

62

112

5.90%

9.9%

123.088

30.30%

31.60%

1.30%

3.40%

Winger

Hossa

50

4%

30.10%

32.20%

2.10%

Center

Getzlaf

ANA

71

137

2.70%

7.6%

147.412

29.90%

30.10%

0.20%

0.80%

Winger

Perry

66

4.90%

29.90%

30.50%

0.60%

Center

Thornton

SJ

64

98

7.50%

13.5%

111.23

29.80%

29.70%

-0.10%

1.00%

Winger

Burns

34

6%

29.80%

30.90%

1.10%

Center

Giroux

PHI

65

113

4.80%

12.8%

127.464

29.70%

29.50%

-0.20%

1.00%

Winger

Voracek

48

8%

29.60%

30.80%

1.20%

Points:

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The Flyers duo is 3rd out of 9, ahead of Chicago by 1 point. It almost isn’t fair to include Crosby in this due to his dominance, but its not skewed too much. Giroux was cold during the first month+ of the year, and that is directly related to Voracek’s point totals too. Voracek has had his own slumps as well. If Giroux and Voracek had been playing in the beginning of the year like they have been recently, it would be interesting to see if they could catch Anaheim or Pittsburgh.

Corsi For Relative:

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Claude and Jake are once again towards the middle of the pack, having the 5th highest combined CF Relative, smack dab in the middle. However, when you look at the CF Relative and Points charts together, you see that the Flyers duo is well ahead of their high-scoring peers of Pittsburgh and Anaheim when it comes to CF Relative. So far, so good.

Points multiplied by 1 + Combined CF Rel:

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So I’m not sure if this even should be a thing, or if it proves anything, but it seems like an interesting concept. I tried to find a way to combine points and CF Relative, and this is what I came up with. I think it does a good job of showing which pairs play a good 2 way game.

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I also included the QoC (Quality of Competition) and QoT (Quality of Teammates) for each pairing. The Sedin twins have the most skewed numbers, with a combined 5.6% difference in QoT and Qoc, while the Ducks are the lowest at 0.8% and the Flyers and Sharks are each at 1%. All of the teams were relatively close, so there aren’t too many outliers here.

Conclusions:

The Flyers have one of the best young top line pairings in the league. Giroux and Voracek are right up there with Crosby and Kunitz, Getzlaf and Perry and the Sedin twins, among others. With Claude and Jake at ages 26 and 24 respectively, the Flyers should have a dominant top line for the near future.

This item was written by a member of this community and is not necessarily endorsed by <em>Broad Street Hockey</em>.

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