Panthers By The Numbers takes a closer look at some of the interesting stats that you may or may have not known about.
2011-12 SEASON FOR JASON GARRISON
|Defenseman Jason Garrison celebrates a Panthers goal (Getty Images)
2. - Garrison had nine power play goals this season. Among all defensemen in the NHL, he was second behind only Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators. None was as big as the one he had against the Buffalo Sabres on October 29th to break a tie with 1:43 left in regulation.
3. - The Panthers blueliner was instrumental in winning games not only on the defensive end, but also the offensive end. Garrison had three game winning goals this past season, including the aforementioned goal against the Sabres on October 29th. He also had a game winner on November 10th against Winnipeg to secure a 5-2 win. On February 28th, he had a game-winner in Toronto Maple Leafs.
4. - On March 15th against Boston, Garrison had his most efficient game of the season. Garrison had a plus-four rating en-route to a 6-2 victory against the Bruins.
6. - The White Rock, BC native had a very efficient plus-six rating on the year, which was best on the team. Garrison’s efficient play helped the Panthers win games this season and ultimately capture their first Southeastern Division crown.
9. - Here comes yet another “best on the team” stat for Garrison. Garrison had nine power play goals this season, which put him one ahead of forward Kris Versteeg. That total tied a franchise record for power play goals by a defenseman, tying current assistant coach Gord Murphy (1993-94) and current Calgary Flame Jay Bouwmeester (2008-09). What's amazing about his nine power play goals was that in the 113 games entering the season, Garrison had never scored a goal on the man advantage.
9.5. - The cannon of a shot from the point that Garrison had allowed him to score on 9.5% of his shots. Taking 168 overall during the regular season, his shooting percentage was actually good for second best among defensemen that took more than 100 shots on the year. Only Detroit's Niklas Kronwall was better than the "B-52 Bomber" as he connected on 10.6% of his 141 shots.
16. - Garrison had his best season as a pro in 2011-2012, so naturally he posted the best stats of his young NHL career. Playing in his third full season, his 16 goals were not only a career high, but also a franchise record for goals by a defenseman in a season surpassing the 15 accomplished by Bouwmeester (2007-08, 2008-09) and former captain Bryan McCabe (2008-09). He ranked fifth on the team in goals scored this past season. Entering the season, Garrison had five goals to his credit.
17. - Garrison had a career high 17 assists this past season for the Panthers. Helping that cause was picking up a multi-assist game in a 4-3 victory against the New Jersey Devils on November 21st and had an assist in three straight games during a stretch in March.
23:41. - Providing the offense from the backend, Garrison was rewarded with more time on ice. His 23:41 of average ice time was second on the team (behind Brian Campbell's league leading 26:53) and 29th overall among all NHL skaters. That was almost a minute and a half (1:24) more than last season's average of 22:17.
|Garrison finished second on the team in blocked shots and time on ice (Getty Images) |
33. - If you're going to accomplish career highs in goals and assists, you're definitely going to pick up a career high in points. His 33 points was good enough for fifth on the team and second among defensemen behind Brain Campbell. That total was 15 more than his previous high of 18 accomplished during the 2010-11 season.
50. - In what has to be the strange stat of the defenseman's season, Garrison was credited with taking two draws this season, winning one of them. He was the only Panthers blueliner to take a face-off this season and one of 35 NHL blueliners to do so. Only seven of them took more than one draw (led by St Louis' Kevin Shattenkirk with four). Funny enough, both of his face-offs came at the Consol Energy Center on March 9 against the Penguins. He won his draw against Pens center Jordan Staal but lost to center Joe Vitale.
77. - Garrison played the most games of his NHL career this past season. Garrison appeared in 77 games, which was four more than the year before. Despite only playing in four more games, his numbers dramatically improved.
124. - It wasn't all about the offense for the defenseman as he held his own and then some in the defensive zone. Garrison finished fourth on the team with 127 hits. He was even better at blocking shots, finishing second in that category with 124.