Calgary Flames: Josh Jooris A Bigger Loss Than Most Realize
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The Calgary Flames' depth took a hit today as forward Josh Jooris signed with the New York Rangers.
There was talk the Flames wanted Jooris back but couldn't re-sign him until they took care of Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan and knew exactly how much money they had remaining. If that were the case Jooris clearly got tired of waiting and has elected to move on from Calgary.
While Jooris isn't a big point producer his contributions are pretty good for a depth player. Jooris has tallied 37 points in 119 NHL games, which averages out to 25 per 82 games.
The real value in Jooris is in his defensive game, though.
Over the last two seasons the Flames have controlled 47.4% of the shot attempts with him on the ice at 5 v 5. Without Jooris that number drops to 46%.
He is a solid shot suppressor as over the last two years he ranked 7th among 16 Flames (minimum 1,000 minutes) in shot attempts allowed per 60.
In that same span Jooris ranked 2nd among 16 Flames in 5 v 5 goals allowed per 60 minutes. With Jooris on the ice the Flames allowed 2.25 goals per 60 minutes while that number jumped to 2.48 without him.
Jooris' 5 v 5 numbers are solid but his best asset is probably his penalty killing. Over the last two seasons 12 different Flames played at least 100 4 v 5 minutes. No player was on the ice for fewer shot attempts or goals against per 60 than Jooris.
Jooris isn't a world beater but he has been a very good depth player over the last couple years. Letting him walk away for nothing stings.
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