The best statistical shooters on the team last year were Eaves , Helm, and Tatar. Eaves isn't on the team anymore. Helm converted on 1 of 2 attempts for 50% total. Tatar converted on 33% for third best on the team. Not very good odds.
Here's another reason why. His best statistical shootout performers on the team (last night) are Tatar, Zetterberg, and Franzen. Tatar's probably the best of the bunch (or was last year). Now, even if he was slated to shoot last (as some have speculated) it's still a bad decision by Babcock because there's a 100% chance your first and second shooters will get to shoot. There a less than 100% chance your third shooter will get to shoot. By putting your best shooter (from a year ago) in the third spot you're reducing the likelihood he can contribute in a positive way. There's a reason Datyuk ALWAYS shoots first and not third...they don't want to take the stick out of his hands (so to speak). So even IF you're going to experiment with a rookie third liner in the shootout (which you shouldn't if you've got better choices)...you should have him shoot third, not first.
Why is what I'm saying sof****** controversial? Oh, because I'm criticizing Babcock, that's why.
Zetterberg was 0 for 4, which means last year he was not among the best shootout players on the team. He was tied for the worst. Franzen was also tied for the worst with a total of 0 shootout goals.
So I'm not surprised to see Nestrasil get the nod over Zetterberg and Franzen. Statistically speaking there's literally no way he could perform any worse than what we've come to expect of them. When your team is as bad as the Wings have been in the recent past in shootout attempts, it's not that difficult to crack the top 3 as a new face from the AHL.
I'm surprised that Nyqvist got the nod over Tatar in the shootout, though, but maybe Babs was trying to ride a hot hand through the shootout.
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