This is gonna be a real simple post. Here's a run down of the man by the numbers
Nick Bonino has only played 23 games this season.
He currently sits at 5 g - 5 a for a total of 10 points on the season.
Ridiculous shooting percentage (18.5%)
He's a blah -5, but these stats are only part of his emergence this season.
He also currently sits 2nd among our forwards in blocked shots (he was in first until Saturday).
He's still leads our team in home FO % (discounting 2 faceoffs by Maroon).
He took 17.4% of the teams faceoffs every game.
He's 7th on the team in TOI per game.
Leads the bottom 6 forwards special teams time per game (PP + SH).
He has pretty wretched advanced stats (CORSI, PDO, GF/60, etc.).
He was producing at .43 points per game clip, good for 10th on the team.
One of only 6 players who have takeaway the puck more than they have given it up.
So yeah. The dude really isn't a dope 2nd line center and maybe is not much more than a talented and smart 3rd line center. But the dude fills a crucial role in our team right in the middle. He can be the 6th forward to the 10th and he can do a lot of the little things well. My memory remembers him being an above average forechecker, average backchecker, average faceoff, good enegry, decent playmaker with growing "hockey sense." He cycles the puck well and was starting to show the ability to go up against the leagues big centers without being pushed around.
I don't think he's the answer to all our whoas, or anything. I just was looking at his numbers and started to think back what he was contributing to the team that made us better and come across these numbers and thought I'd share for discussion...
We need our best shot blocking forward back soon! Get well Nicky!