2014-15 By The Numbers: #3 David Schlemko

David Schlemko had a wacky year.

Originally beginning the campaign with the re-christened Arizona Coyotes, he was eventually claimed off waivers by the Dallas Stars in January, then claimed off waivers by the Calgary Flames in March.

Despite being deployed primarily in a depth role in his short tenure as a Flame, the pending unrestricted free agent turned out to be pretty darn useful.

Between the regular and post-season, Schlemko played 30 games wearing the Flaming C. In terms of his possession numbers, even when you consider that he didn’t play a heck of a lot, or a heck of a lot versus strong competition, Schlemko performed rather well in terms of his numbers. His 53.4% Corsi For was among the best on the team, even factoring in his role and opposition.

In terms of counting stats, he had 0 points (and a plus-6 rating) in 19 regular season games and an assist (and plus-1) in 11 playoff games.

I usually restrict WOWY comparisons to 100 even-strength minutes, but if you expand it a bit, you can get a good idea of how effective Schlemko actually was.

I used 60 minutes as the cut-off to get a decent sample together. (Regular season data only available for this, so no playoffs included here.)

Player Together Apart Diff.
Diaz 52.3% 44.9% +7.4%
Raymond 46.2% 43.0% +3.2%
Colborne 51.7% 41.5% +10.2%
Stajan 60.7% 42.9% +17.8%
Jooris 63.8% 46.6% +17.2%

So, in closing, the five players that play with Schlemko the most are all significantly better with him than without him. Granted, again: (1) sample size and (b) he was primarily playing on the third pairing against lesser lights. But that’s a good start.

For some context:


He faced about the same level of opposition as Diaz, over a smaller sample, and did a fair bit better than him. At worse, Schlemko could be a perfectly acceptable substitute for Ladislav Smid, if one is needed.

In closing, Schlemko came in off waivers – for the cost of a waiver fee – and really helped out the Flames when they needed a body that wasn’t Corey Potter to jump in and play. He was steady and occasionally quite good in a depth role. His performance has probably earned him a contract somewhere. My gut says the team gives him strong consideration for a depth role for next season.