From Sophomore Slump to Junior Jump – The Continued Evolution of Huberdeau

The Sunshine Skate

It feels like every time I get into a conversation with someone on twitter about how great Jonathan Huberdeau has been this season, I end up hearing the same thing: he needs to stop passing and shoot more. I get why the fanbase as a whole wants that. Our impression of who Jonathan Huberdeau is as an NHL player came on the second shift he ever took:

However, I don’t actually know if shooting less is why Huberdeau isn’t “the player we all thought he was going to be in his rookie year”. Let’s find out. I’m going to look only at 2012-2013 and 2014-15 because I think we can all agree that 2013-14 was an anomaly for Huberdeau, impacted by a variety of factors (e.g. injuries). I want to look at the Huberdeau of right now versus the Huberdeau we all kind of imprinted on in his Calder Trophy winning rookie…

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