Anaheim Ducks: Comparing Contributions of 2020 and 2021 Defensemen

Josh Manson #42 and Cam Fowler #4 of the Anaheim Ducks (Photo by Rocky W. Widner/NHL/Getty Images)
Josh Manson #42 and Cam Fowler #4 of the Anaheim Ducks (Photo by Rocky W. Widner/NHL/Getty Images) /
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Hampus Lindholm #47 of the Anaheim Ducks (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

Hampus Lindholm

Unfortunately, for the Ducks, Hampus Lindholm has been injured for a great portion of this season. A shame it certainly is given his purely offensive numbers. An ~466.7% increase in goals scored per 60 minutes is a massive improvement, although his assist numbers have taken quite a hit. Nonetheless, Lindholm’s improvement in scoring output of ~21.1% would put him back on a 27-point pace and a little closer to the rest of his career’s offensive numbers.

Like Fowler, Lindholm presents a fairly large dip in the number of shots he gets on net. What is different to Fowler, however, is that Lindholm’s shots count. An increase in shooting percentage of ~599.1% is driving his goals scored per 60 minutes numbers. Though some context is in order. Lindholm has scored only 2-goals this season, he’s just done it in a far more efficient fashion than last season.

As with overall shots on net, Lindholm has presented fewer blocked and unblocked shot attempts this season, and has largely been less threatening, with a decrease in scoring chances of ~8.4%. Perhaps, Lindholm has worked on his shot to some degree over the offseason and is picking his shots a little better this season than in the past. Along with a massive increase in goals scored, Lindholm has also increased the number of rebounds he created by ~17% over last season’s efforts.

As an aside, Lindholm has also increased his takeaway numbers by ~11.7% and subsequent rush attempts by ~41.7%. Lindholm on the rush may not necessarily be the most optimal use of the Ducks’ strongest defensive player, however, it does show a clear intent to activate as an offensive threat. A subsequent increase in expected goals of ~35% is a clear improvement on the offensive end and an indication of what the coach wants from this player.