Have seen a few suggestions in post-playoff threads that the B's could improve the team by trading Marchand. Perhaps. A couple of ideas have been Marchand and something for Evander Kane and more recently, Marchand and something for Eberle.
I am not in favor is shipping #63 anywhere, unless there is a clear upgrade. Based on some of the comments, it was a little striking how ready folks have been to move him or move on from him.
Thought it was worth checking some numbers.
Only 20 players have scored 25 or more goals in each of the past three seasons (or scored 15 in the strike shortened season). Want to guess who is one of them?
Here is the list:
Ovechkin, Stamkos, Perry, Kessel, Pavelski, Neal, Pacioretty, Kunitz, Seguin, Marleau, Toews, Parise, Eberle, Nash, Hossa, Vanek, St. Louis, Simmonds, Marchand and Hall.
Of that group, only Simmonds averaged a lower TOI than Marchand, who has seen his ice time drop from 17:37 to 16:57 to 15:56 this past year. His PP TOI was only 0:29 this past season, and only has 10 PPG over the past 3 seasons, lowest total on the list. As a percentage of his goals, only 14.1% have been on the PP over the past 3 seasons. Only other players <20% are Toews and Nash, although each has averaged over 3 minutes of PP TOI over that span. Simmonds, for example, has seen 44.4% of his goals come on the PP.
Just thought these numbers were interesting and reinforce Marchand as a very productive 5x5 and PK player, and if afforded a bigger PP role, might push 30 goals. Furthermore, and plenty think +/- is a BS stat, but Marchand leads the group over the past 3 years @ +90 (+17 ahead of the next best player).
Marchand fits the system and has delivered the goods. Hope the B's keep him around.