NHL Free Agency: Forwards Breakdown Part 1

NHL Free Agency: Forwards Breakdown Part 1

Relative to other years, the 2020 free agency period has been pretty quiet. With a flat cap and multiple teams saddled with bad contracts, there's just not a lot of cap space available for the glut of forwards. The big names still got their pay day, but more often than not had to compromise and settle for shorter deals (Taylor Hall) or less lucrative deals (Tyler Toffoli). Here's a rundown of the impact forwards that have changed addresses so far.

(All advanced stats courtesy of Natural Stat Trick.)

Glossary

  • CF% = Corsi For %
  • G/60 = Goals per 60 minutes of ice time
  • GF = Goals For
  • GP = Games Played
  • SAT = Shot Attempts
  • SAT% = Shot Attempts %

The Skinny: Taylor Hall gives Buffalo a one-year tryout for $8 million.

The Raw Numbers: The former Hart winner saw his numbers dip significantly last season, going from 52.95 CF% in 2018-19 to 48.67 CF% prior to his trade to Arizona, and then falling further to 47.86 CF%, where he ranked ninth out of 15 forwards at 5-on-5 with the Coyotes. He scored just 16 goals in 65 regular-season games and two goals in nine playoff games last year.

The Impact: Hall liked playing in the playoffs so much he signed with Buffalo, a team that hasn't made the playoffs since his rookie season and that has ranked last in points percentage (.455) during that span. Jokes aside, give all the credit to coach Ralph Krueger

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Jason Chen
Jason won the 2021 FSWA Hockey Writer of the Year award, and was also a finalist on 2019. He joined RotoWire in 2013. Jason has also written for Yahoo Sports, CBS Sports, The Hockey News, The Hockey Hall of Fame's Legends Magazine, and Centre Ice Magazine.
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