Welcome to the allislanders.com series of player report cards! In these articles (in alphabetical order by first name), you will see a player’s statistics and our ratings of that player based on a variety of factors.
The most important factor is importance to team and consistency. This rating is out of 25 points, and will be determine based of how important that player was. If the player was off the team, how would the team fare? This question was taken into mind in this ranking.
Offense and defense are also taken into account. This will be determined by how effective the player was by HIS standards. For example, Stephen Gionta may not have had 30 goals or have been a +40, but he was very productive for the team when he played so he will receive a high score.
Physicality/tenaciousness, clutch factor, and leadership are smaller scores that are important to us, so they will be ranked as ten points, ten points and five points respectively. Together, the points available from each category equal 100 points and all the points received will be added up into a letter grade.
Today’s Player Report Card: Travis Hamonic
Travis Hamonic’s 2016-2017 Season Stats: GP: 49 G: 3 A: 11 P: 14 +/-: -21 GWG: 0
It was a rough year for Travis Hamonic, who put up his worst numbers since the lockout-shortened season back in 2013. Hamonic was limited to 49 games this season, one more than the 48 during the lockout-shortend season. Last season Hamonic was at the center of the league’s rumor mill after requesting a trade for family-related reasons. During that time, Hamonic was having a pretty good season including spending the majority of it as a top-pairing defender. So with that, his trade value was high but a trade was never made. Hamonic rescinded his trade request after the season came to an end and the expectations were high for him after a solid season. Snow even denied Taylor Hall for Hamonic, which was a regrettable move to say the least. What followed was an injury-plauged season to forget for Hamonic.
Importance to Team/Consistency: 13/25
As I just mentioned, this season was an injury-plauged one for Hamonic who only played roughly 60% of the team’s games. Hamonic appeared in only 14 games under interim (now officially head) coach Doug Weight and as Weight turned the team and almost the season around, Hamonic was out for the most of it. The team looked better when Hamonic was off the ice, and Calvin de Haan flourished when playing with Dennis Seidenberg and was not as great when playing with Hamonic.
Hamonic’s career-high for goals is five, a number he’s reach in three separate seasons. Considering he only played in 49 games and had three goals over that span, there’s no reason to think he couldn’t have reached or broken that career-high. To further prove that he could’ve broken that career-high, Hamonic finished the season with a shot percentage of 4.1%, .1% fewer than his 4.2% in his rookie campaign (62 GP, 5 G, 21 A in 2010-2011), which stands at the highest shot percentage in his career. He was one of the few Islanders’ defenders who shot the puck at a decent rate, so this is a good sign.
It was a rough year for Hamonic and while +/- is perhaps an overrated stat given all of the technology and advance metrics available, his -21 was the worst on the team. However, Hamonic is a shutdown defender, capable of playing big minutes, playing in big situations, and penalty killing, but he was not anywhere close to this during the season.
Travis Hamonic is an aggressive guy on the ice. In his 49 games, he fought in four before ending his season in a fight against Dale Weise where he reportedly tore ligaments in his thumb (as per Arthur Staple). Hamonic had 58 hits in 49 games this season averaging 1.18 hits per game and 3.47 hits per 60 minutes (stat via sportingcharts.com), which is a good number.
Clutch Factor: 4/10
Being a shutdown defender means that you are clutch at all times, and Hamonic was not this season. Jack Capuano and Doug Weight could not rely on him in close games, and this is reflected in his rating.
There were plenty of replacement options for the Islanders when the team lost both of their alternate captains in the free agency. Travis Hamonic had previously worn the “A” when players that wore it were injured or not in the lineup but with the spot officially open, Hamonic got an “A” along with Cal Clutterbuck and Andrew Ladd. Ladd wore the “A” the whole season while Hamonic rotated every other game with Clutterbuck. This shows that he is a leader, and his ability to deal with a personal issue reinforces this.
Travis Hamonic Season Highlights:
Grade: 70/100; C-