This breakdown isn’t going to be particularly long.
Brandon Bollig is what he is. He’s a fourth line winger. He has size. He occasionally scores goals. He occasionally fights. He doesn’t play a heck of a lot.
Bollig played 100+ even-strength minutes with just a few guys. Most of them are defensemen.
Bollig is dragging everyone but Stajan down. Some by a little, but most by a lot. Some of that is likely because of the circumstances in which he plays, but a good deal that is because of Bollig being what Bollig is. He had 5 points in 62 games in the regular season and 2 goals in 11 playoff games. He was a frequent healthy scratch in the regular season, sitting 20 times.
Here’s his deployments:
So, the good? A few guys had more defensive zone starts than Bollig, but not too many. However, no forward on the team had easier quality of competition than Bollig did. By a big, big margin. Bollig wasn’t nearly the worst possession player on the team, but considering the circumstances in which he played, you would’ve expected his numbers to be a lot better than they were if he were a middle-of-the-road NHL player.
The numbers seem to indicate that he’s not.
I’m not sure what the future holds for him, particularly with so many forwards such as Micheal Ferland and Drew Shore making a push for full-time employment on the fourth line. He has two seasons remaining on his current deal. There’s a good chance he’ll spend a good chunk of those years in the press box, or even in Stockton.
2014-15 BY THE NUMBERS
|#1 Jonas Hiller||#19 David Jones|
|#3 David Schlemko||#21 Mason Raymond|
|#4 Kris Russell||#23 Sean Monahan|
|#5 Mark Giordano||#24 Jiri Hudler|
|#6 Dennis Wideman||#25 Brandon Bollig|
|#7 T.J. Brodie||#29 Deryk Engelland|
|#8 Joe Colborne||#31 Karri Ramo|
|#11 Mikael Backlund||#32 Paul Byron|
|#13 Johnny Gaudreau||#33 Raphael Diaz|
|#15 Ladislav Smid||#60 Markus Granlund|
|#17 Lance Bouma||#79 Micheal Ferland|
|#18 Matt Stajan||#86 Josh Jooris|