By The Numbers will highlight the Red Wings on-ice accomplishments in the 2015-16 season. Each week during the off-season, By The Numbers will profile a different player on the team, focusing on their statistical highs. This week we focus on forward Riley Sheahan.
|Riley Sheahan scored 14 goals last season, which was up from the 13 he scored in 2014-15 for the Red Wings. (Photo by Getty Images) |
Sheahan played a lot of roles this season, from top-six center to defensive winger to penalty killer to net-front presence on the power play. Sheahan found more offense later in the season, scoring seven goals in his last 22 games after scoring seven in his first 59 games.
Sheahan is just 24 years old and still has room to grow offensively.
"With Sheahan, he's somebody that's real accountable as well, so I think it takes some time for that," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said late in the season. "Part of it is that he hasn't spent hardly any time on the power play this year either, so that's a difficult thing, to produce points without that. He's definitely got it in him. He's got lots of offensive ability in him."
81 | Sheahan played in all but one game during the regular season. He missed the Feb. 3 game at Tampa Bay due to illness. Sheahan's roommate, Luke Glendening, and Tomas Tatar were the other two players who missed just one game. Henrik Zetterberg, Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist played in all 82.
200 | Sheahan reached the 200-game milestone on April 1 at Minnesota. He joined Glendening, Tatar, Nyquist and Brendan Smith as players who reached that mark during this past season. Sheahan finished the season with 204 regular-season games.
14 | Despite a slow start, Sheahan achieved a new career high in goals with 14, surpassing the 13 he scored in the 2014-15 season. He was sixth on the team in goals, behind Dylan Larkin's 23, Tatar's 21, Abdelkader's 19, Nyquist's 17 and Pavel Datsyuk's 16.
2 | Sheahan had his first career two-goal game on March 24 against the Montreal Canadiens. With 1:14 left in the first period, Sheahan backhanded Brendan Smith's shot past goaltender Ben Scrivens. Smith also assisted on Sheahan's second goal at 5:48 of the second period, which gave the Wings a 3-0 lead at the time. The Wings held on for a 4-3 victory.
1 | The Wings did not score a lot of shorthanded goals this season but Sheahan got one of them on Feb. 23, at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets. It was an important one as it tied the game at 1 in the second period. Since Sheahan scored on the breakaway during the game, Blashill used him in the shootout and he scored. Ironically, the other player who scored to help the Wings win in the shootout was Andreas Athanasiou, who scored the Wings' other shorthanded goal on April 6 at home against the Philadelphia Flyers.
18 | Was second among team forwards in short-handed blocked shots, trailing only Luke Glendening, who blocked 38 shots, which were the most among NHL forwards during the 2015-16 season.
DetroitRedWings.com managing editor Bill Roose contributed to this report.