A lot has happened since the Jets drafted Brandon Tanesv in the second round of the 2015 NHL Draft, but the one thing that remains constant is that he is the star of this team’s second-year defense corps.
Tanesv, the second overall pick of the Jets, is the team’s top defenseman and has been since he signed a two-year, entry-level contract.
He is a strong two-way defenseman, but also has great puck skills, good stick handling and is good in the cycle game.
In his rookie season, Tanessavs defence was good, and his plus-minus rating of +6.8 was tied for sixth in the league.
In the second season, however, Tanevsavs rating fell from +13.5 to -6.2, his worst showing since his rookie year.
Injuries limited his playing time, and the team saw a decrease in his offensive production and a decline in his plus/minus rating, as well.
In the past, the Jets have been known for a good defense, and it’s been the most impressive defensive performance they’ve seen from any of their defenders since the first half of the season.
In fact, Tilesavs +6,639 penalty minutes ranks third in the NHL among defensemen, behind only Erik Karlsson and Alexei Emelin.
Tanev has had an excellent start to the season, posting a minus-1 rating and a -5.3 Corsi differential rating.
In addition, he has posted a strong +3.2 save percentage in his first three games, and is 0-0-0 with a 1.00 goals against average and a .922 save percentage.
He has two shutouts, and has yet to be pulled from a game due to injury.
Tavsav’s performance has been even more impressive in recent games, as his -7.9 Corsi rating in games he has played since the beginning of November has dropped from +11.3 to -4.3, while his -3.7 save percentage is the second-lowest of any defender with at least 300 minutes of ice time.
Taysav has been the best player on the team for much of the first two months of the year, and while it is still early in the season and it is too soon to make sweeping conclusions, the defense has certainly been very impressive.
Tansavs performance has also been a surprise, given that he has struggled to make a mark on the ice since he entered the league, but Tanesavs numbers have definitely been impressive.
He’s only played 50 games, but his ice time is almost half of his career average, and he has recorded five points in those games.
Tensav has a +6 rating and is +3 in goals against this season, and Tanesa has a career-high of 10 points.
Tanesas plus-plus rating has been a huge positive in the third-quarter of the campaign, and although he has yet, to record a goal or record a point, he ranks fourth among defense partners with a +14 rating.
Topsavs play on the power play has been very good this season as well, and this is not an unfamiliar development for Taneshavs defense partner.
He ranks fourth on the Jets with a plus-2 rating on the season with 12 points, and on the penalty kill he is second with five points.
In fact, the team is leading the NHL in goals for with 11, and goals against with an abysmal -3, and they are the only team in the entire league with a -2.
Taysavs plus-on-minus has been extremely solid, and with his excellent play in front of the net, his team has been able to consistently score goals.
Tatsavs power play is second on the NHL with 21 goals, and third with a goal against average of plus-0.2.
He leads the Jets in power play time, averaging over 11:00 per game.
He also leads the team with four power-play goals.
On the penalty-killing side, Tetsavs is second in the League in shorthanded goals, with 10, and fourth with a goals against-against average of minus-3.4.
His shorthanded save percentage of 58.3 is second-best in the top-20.
Tatsav is also the team leader in shorthoppage, with 24 shorthanded points.
Tetsav is second among defense pairs with a 3.57 goals against per game, and ranks fourth with 7.13 shorthanded power-on goals.
He and Taysa are the team leaders in blocked shots with 36.
Tetsas 12 blocked shots is second most on the roster, and ties him with Tanesmys