Best Searches for Frozen Tools – Nugent-Hopkins, Fox, J. Hughes (July 4) – DobberHockey
Happy July 4th to all our American friends!
Here are the top searches for frozen tools from the past week:
The majority of these players are popular searches because they are involved in the Stanley Cup Finals, so you probably hear enough about them from other sources. I’ll discuss the other three, which are popular searches for other reasons.
Ryan nugent hopkins
Nugent-Hopkins made headlines this week after signing his eight-year, $ 41 million contract to stay in Edmonton. Assuming he is not redeemed before the contract expires, Nuge will be 36 when the contract expires. At that point, Connor McDavid will be 32 and Leon Draisaitl will be 33. All three are signed for the next four seasons, when Draisaitl’s contract expires. With just over $ 26 million invested in all three players, the Oilers seem to have their core business for some time.
The $ 5 million cap seems like a very reasonable number for Nugent-Hopkins. Although his point production has fallen to a 55-point pace from a 77-point pace in 2019-2020, Nuge has a pretty high point floor. Over the past three seasons, he’s contributed a minimum of 20 power-play points in the Oilers’ first power-play. In fact, over the past three seasons, Nugent-Hopkins is tied for 16e with 70 points on the power play, ahead of Sidney Crosby, Johnny Gaudreau and Mika Zibanejad. Unsurprisingly, McDavid and Draisaitl are first and second in this category.
Something that also helps Nugent-Hopkins’ worth from an even-strength perspective is that he’s usually (but not always) on a line with McDavid or Draisaitl. That doesn’t necessarily translate to success for all players, as evidenced by the Oilers’ lack of scoring depth. However, Nugent-Hopkins is averaging 0.83 points per game over three years, or 68 points over a full season. It’s probably better for the Oilers to invest their cap space in a well-known product like Nugent-Hopkins who gave their hometown a bit of a discount rather than paying too much for a player in the free agent market who may or may not be suitable.
It may have come as a surprise that Fox won the Norris Trophy, but not because he didn’t deserve it. Victor Hedman has been a Norris finalist so often over the past few years that it would have been easy to assume he would win, when the sky seems to be the limit for Cale Makar. Fox led the Rangers with an ice time average of 24:42 while capturing the best minutes of play, best shorthand minutes and the first unit’s power play. And of course, he led all defensemen with 42 assists and was second among defensemen with 47 points in 55 games.
Perhaps more fantastically than real, Tony DeAngelo’s departure had a major effect on the production of Fox. In his first season with the Rangers, Fox was on the ice 37% of the Rangers’ power play minutes, a number that confirms the second unit’s power play time. DeAngelo finished a 53-point season that included 19 power-play points, so it looked like the TDA would take the lead on the power-play again. But then DeAngelo took his stance too far and was then dumped by the Rangers. Fox’s power-play deployment rose to 70% and he finished the season with 23 power-play points, an increase from 13 PPPs in his first season with 15 games less. Fox was tied for second in power play points among defensemen, by the way.
Fox’s Norris Trophy victory obviously doesn’t end with power play time. Subtract the extra 10 power play points (which could have been more over an 82-game season) and Fox would have seen a minimal point increase from what placed him among the high scoring defenders. A Norris Trophy should solidify it there for the foreseeable future, even with the arrival of someone like Nils Lundkvist.
Hughes made some modest gains in his second season. In fact, it looked like he was set to become a top contender at the start of the season, with a six-point lead in his first three games. He also finished strong with 15 points in his last 21 games. But in between, he recorded just 10 points in 31 games. So like with a lot of young players (remember he just turned 20) there is a lack of consistency.
In his second season only, Hughes led all of the Devils forwards in total ice time per game (19:04) and ice time per game on the power play (2:58). Every time I watched the Devils, Hughes seemed to show off his strong puck possession skills, scoring 55.1% CF. You would think he would finish first over the Devils in terms of score, but it was Pavel Zacha (50 GP, 35 PTS). Hughes was second with 31 points. No, those aren’t huge totals, as the Devils finished in the bottom third of the team standings (2.59 BP / GP).
Hughes has a major advantage, but the step forward he can take will depend on his teammates next season. It seems unlikely that the rebuilding Devils will cause a sensation in the free agent or free agent market, so it could be another Janne Kuokkanen and Yegor Sharangovich season. Not that they aren’t NHL players, but most teams could potentially surround Hughes with better options. In the long run, goalscorer Alexander Holtz could help Hughes rack up assists, but it would be premature to think Hughes will tear the league apart next season. Be patient with him in a gatekeeper format, however.
Light news day on Saturday, so I’m going to go with a hypothetical question of the day on Twitter.
It depends on the level of income you leave, you are financially and personally satisfied. If this is me personally, I would take $ 12 million and the experience of winning a Stanley Cup, just because I don’t think I will make $ 12 million in my life (unless I find an idea for very successful business soon). Also, $ 12 million may not be just $ 12 million. I can invest some of this money and I can continue to earn income if I want to.
A player may see it differently in that he may only see himself as a hockey player and will try to earn as much money as possible to take care of his family and be able to achieve other dreams and ambitions. that he has. I understand that. Earn while you can. There are a limited number of jobs in the NHL. A career-threatening injury could be around the corner.
What is the price of the experience of winning a Stanley Cup? Not just hoisting it on the ice and spraying champagne in the locker room afterwards, but also bringing it to your hometown, having pictures on your wall and sharing stories with people you know? If I have an extra $ 13 million lying around, can I buy this fantastic camp experience? No.