By The Numbers highlighted the Red Wings on-ice accomplishments during the 2015-16 season. Each week during the off-season, By The Numbers profiled a different player on the team, focusing on their statistical highs. In this final week we focus on captain Henrik Zetterberg.
In some respects, the 2015-16 was a very good one for Zetterberg, who managed to play in all 82 games just two years after undergoing back surgery. But Zetterberg, who has generally been close to a point-per-game player (.911 points per game played) in his career, was not as productive, with 13 goals, 37 assists and a career-worst minus-15 rating.
|It was quite the milestone season for captain Henrik Zetterberg, who reached key career numbers in goals, assists, points, and games played. (Photo by Getty Images) |
"I’m happy I was able to play all 82," Zetterberg said the day the Wings cleaned out their lockers in April. "That’s my goal every year to be able to play all games. If it took a toll on me I’m not sure. I should have performed better than I did. I don’t think it had anything to do with playing 82 games or not."
Just as Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk eventually took the burden off of Steve Yzerman, Brendan Shanahan and other veteran players, the Wings will need someone to take some responsibilities off of Zetterberg's shoulders.
"That’s a natural step to go," said Zetterberg, who turns 36 this year. "We went through the same thing. We’re not going to give it away. They have to earn it. When they do it’ll happen naturally."
82 | It's not an easy thing to do in today's NHL, but Zetterberg played in all 82 regular-season games for just the second time in his career. He also played in every regular-season game during the 2011-12 season.
900 | Zetterberg joined his Euro Twin, Datsyuk, in reaching the 900-game milestone this past season. Datsyuk did so on Dec. 8 and Zetterberg played in his 900th on March 2 against the Chicago Blackhawks. Zetterberg is the 11th Wing to achieve this milestone. Zetterberg finished the season with 918 games and is in ninth place in team history, behind Datsyuk, who has 953 games.
300 | It was a milestone kind of season for Zetterberg, who scored his 300th goal on Nov. 6 at Toronto in the first period. However, it was not the prettiest goal of Zetterberg's career. Zetterberg was just inside the blue line when he threw the puck at the net and Toronto goaltender James Reimer misplayed it. Datsyuk also scored his 300th goal this past season, Nov. 25 against the Boston Bruins. Zetterberg finished the season with 309 goals, tied for eighth in team history with Shanahan and five goals behind eighth-place Datsyuk.
500 | Zetterberg notched his 500th career assist on Oct. 31 at Ottawa. He assisted on the first goal of the game, Tomas Tatar's power-play tally. The Wings went on to win, 5-3. Zetterberg finished the season with 527 assists, seventh in team history. Sergei Fedorov is sixth with 554 assists.
800 | In that same game in Ottawa on Halloween night, Zetterberg also assisted on Gustav Nyquist's second-period goal, which marked his 800th career point. Zetterberg is in good company as only Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman, Alex Delvecchio and Fedorov have reached 300 goals and 800 points with the Wings. Zetterberg now has 836 points, seventh in franchise history. Once again, Datsyuk is ahead of him in sixth place with 918 points.
9 | Zetterberg is currently ninth in points in NHL history among Swedish-born players. Zetterberg scored a goal on Jan. 20 against the St. Louis Blues to pass Thomas Steen, who finished his career with 817 points. Zetterberg finished the regular season with 836 points and needs just 21 points to pass Tomas Sandstrom, who played 34 games for the Red Wings in the 1996-97 season, for eighth place.