For the past three days, the Sharks rookies have taken part in three-game tournament with the Ducks rookies. The Sharks ended up sweeping the series, winning it by a combined score of 12-3, with one goal being a shootout tally. So, that's awesome, but not what the rookie tournament is really all about. Besides the whole "revenge for April" thing the Sharks have going on, the rookie tournament is a way for the fans and executives of the team to see how their rookies measure up against those of similar skill. As I am quite a distance away from San Jose at the moment and the games weren't televised, I've decided to evaluate each rookie solely based on stats.
Actually, not really. What I've decided to do was to compile the stats from all three games and post them in an easy-to-read table, since the boxscores used for the series aren't the easiest things to decode.
[Update 9/11]: I added games played, PPG, wins, and GAA.
Top 3 Goal Scorers
T-1. Michael D'Orazio, Kevin Henderson - 2
T-3. Joe Loprieno, Corey Quirk, Nicholas Petrecki, Marc Cantin, C.J. Stretch, Daniel Erlich, Dean Strong - 1
Top 3 Assist Getters
1. Dean Strong - 4
T-2. John McCarthy, Marc Cantin, Daniel Erlich - 3
Top 3 Point Getters
1. Dean Strong - 5
T-2. Marc Cantin, Daniel Elrich - 4
Top 3 PPG
1. Nicholas Petrecki - 2.00
2. Dean Strong - 1.67
T-3. Marc Cantin, Daniel Elrich - 1.33
Top 3 PIMs
1. Rigby Burgart - 21
2. Frasier McLaren - 19
3. Philip Varone - 10
The Sharks outshot the Ducks by a margin of 102-74, and outshot the Ducks in all three games. In Game 2, the Sharks exceed a 2:1 shot ratio, getting off 39 shots in comparison to the Ducks' 17. The Sharks collectively scored on 10.78% of their shots, while the Ducks scored on 4.05%. The shutout Stalock posted probably helped the Sharks in this regard.
In regards to special teams, the Sharks were on the power play 18 times in comparison to the Ducks' 16 times. The Sharks scored 3 power play goals for a rate of 16.67%. The Ducks scored just one PPG, making the Sharks's kill rate 93.75%. The power play hurt the Sharks in Game 1, going 0-for-7, but then they rebounded in Game 2 and went 2-for-9. The only PPG the Sharks gave up was in Game 1.
A breakdown of the penalties the Sharks took:
11 "fisticuffs," 6 tripping, 4 roughing, 3 hooking, 2 slashing, 2 instigator, 1 high-sticking, 1 boarding, 1 interference, 1 cross-checking, and 1 partridge in a pear tree.
While stats don't tell the whole story (top prospect Logan Couture did not score, but from all accounts he was one of the best players on the ice in the two games he played), it is quite interesting to see what they do say. Like, the fact that Dean Strong, Marc Cantin, and Daniel Elrich were the top point-getters for the tournament. Who would have expected that? I know I wouldn't have, since I didn't know who any of those guys were before Sunday.