Capitals Player Report Card: Boyd Gordon

Boyd Gordon

Stats: GP 60, Goals 3, Assists 6, Points 9, Rating -5, PIM 16

Player Card

Scoring Chance% Ranking: 27/29
Forwards: 18/19
Balance Corsi Ranking Forwards: 10/18

2010-11 Contract: $800,000
Pending UFA next season

Boyd Gordon’s always been somewhat of a fan favorite in Washington. It’s known that a lot of “hardcore” fans of teams are attracted to the players who do the “little things” to win games. Gordon is a guy who takes a lot of tough draws, kills penalties and hustles and his hard work is admired a lot among fans who recognize players for this. Same reason why Detroit fans love guys like Kris Draper and Darren Helm. Gordon hasn’t quite lived up to his expectations as a first round draft pick from 2002, but he is a valuable part of this team and a key part of their bottom-six for the past few years.

When grading Gordon’s performance, we’ll have to look to see how he did on the penalty kill. He was on ice for 13 shorthanded goals, which was the most among forwards but expected when you have the 2nd most ice time 4-on-5 for that position. At even strength, he was on ice for 2.18 goals per 60 minutes which isn’t bad but not exactly something you would want from someone who specializes in defense. It should be also noted that Gordon faced the toughest competition nightly among forwards and was the anchor of the team’s “shutdown line.”

Gordon really began to stand out once David Steckel was traded away. While he isn’t as good as Steckel at face-offs, he still had a very good 58% efficiency rate and many of his draws were in the defensive zone. In fact, I think that his play made Steckel expandable since the team had two guys with limited offensive abilities who could play center and kill penalties? What made the team want to keep Gordon instead? He’s cheaper and a more effective penalty killer. He proved to be just as good as Steckel at face-offs after his departure, too. While his regular corsi number might be negative 8 but when taking into consideration that he took 57% of his draws in his own zone, he actually came up with a balanced corsi rating, which is impressive for a grinder like him. Just look at his stats in the playoffs, saw tough competition, buried with defensive zone starts, won 68.8% of his faceoffs and only on ice for one goal at even strength (three overall). Impressive.

There are two major knocks on Gordon’s game. He isn’t much of an offensively capable player and he is always hurt. This year, he had his lowest career point total since 2006 but played in 60 games. He missed a good chunk of time in January and was scratched a few times, as well but he still played in 24 games more than last season.

When considering what you expect of Gordon, he lived up to them for the most part. Played in a majority of games, killed penalties relatively well, did great at face-offs and was a key part of the team’s bottom-six. I’m going to give him a C+ on the year because he lived up to my expectations and for his great play after Steckel was traded. I was hoping that he would put up more than 9 points though, which is why I’m giving him a C+ instead of a B-. That and some of his goals against numbers weren’t too good. I would like to have him re-signed for next season as the team’s fourth line center but I don’t think he should too much of a raise on the 800k he’s already making. The Caps might want to look into getting someone like Gordon via free agency, though. Only someone who can put up more than 10 points in a season and can kill penalties too. Someone like Marty Reasoner, Jay McClement or Dave Bolland comes to mind even though I have no idea if any of those are available. Something to look into this summer!

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