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 KRIS VERSTEEG
|Versteeg finished tied for the team lead in playoff goals (3) and tied for second in playoff points (5) in the Panthers seven game series against New Jersey. |
2. - Acquired in a trade in the off-season from Philadelphia, Kris Versteeg matched a career high in points in a game as he had two 4-point games this season. He accomplished a four point night just once before in 250 career games entering the season, posting that on April 7, 2010 at Colorado. On October 17th, he tallied two goals and two assists en-route to his first 4-point performance of the season against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Nearly a month later on November 10th, Versteeg tallied three goals and one assist against the Winnipeg Jets. Both games were on the road; maybe next year he can have a few more of these games at home.
3. - Versteeg had his first ever hat trick this past season in the aforementioned game against the Jets when he scored four points. Not only was it his first hat trick in the NHL, it may have been his first hat trick since his junior days. It was also the only time a Panther gave the fans a chance to throw their hats (although being in Winnipeg, it’s likely very few hit the ice).
When asked the last time he had a hat trick he said, “Probably back in bantam, or back in junior, sorry, it's been a long time."
4. - Versteeg finished the season with a plus-four rating for the second straight season. Versteeg capped off one of his best seasons in the NHL and is looking to continue that next year.
5. - When the Panthers needed a clutch goal, forward Stephen Weiss was often the guy to come through. Weiss had six game winners this past season but Versteeg wasn’t far behind. Versteeg had five game winning goals including one in an overtime thriller against the Carolina Hurricanes on December 18th. He also had one in Game Five of the first round playoff matchup with the New Jersey Devils. Putting his five game winners in the regular season in perspective, the winger had a total of seven in his first four years in the league.
8. – The Lethbridge, Alberta native had plenty of career highs this season in a Panthers uniform. One of them was power play goals as his eight surpassed his previous high of six (2008-09 with Chicago). Versteeg was second on the team only behind Jason Garrison cannon of a shot as the defenseman had nine.
12. - Versteeg was a consistent offensive contributor for the Panthers this season. He scored two or more points in 12 games, which was good enough for second on the team behind only Tomas Fleischmann. Five of those games saw him dent the scoresheet for at least three points.
23. - Another career high for Versteeg this past season was in goals. Scoring 23 goals set him up for second on the team. Had he played all 82 regular season games, he might have had the most on the team. Versteeg trailed Fleischmann by only four goals despite playing in 11 fewer games. His accomplishment was one more than his previous high (2008-09 with Chicago).
|Versteeg finished second on the team with five game winners but had the only overtime winner (against Carolina) during the season. |
25. - A red-hot start for Versteeg helped propel the Panthers to first in the Southeast division early and allowed them to stay there as they accomplished their first division title in franchise history. Versteeg set a franchise record with 25 points in the first 20 games of the season (11 goals, 14 assists).
28:06. - On what would turn out to be the last game of the season for the Panthers, Versteeg played his most minutes of the season. Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the New Jersey Devils went to double overtime and the winger logged just a little over 28 minutes.
54. - Along with setting a career high in goals, Versteeg also set a career high in points as he recorded 54 points this past season. Only Fleischmann and Weiss had more.
75. - Versteeg will probably never forget the November 10th game against the Jets. Along with his first career hat trick, he also has his best shooting performance of the year with at least three shot attempts. He only missed one goal that night as he went 3 for 4 (75 percent).