Season Grade: Mike Cammalleri

What a season it could’ve been for Mike Cammalleri.  While I talked about Kyle Palmieri being the Devils best offensive player, Cammalleri would’ve challenged that had he remained healthy.  Cammalleri missed basically half the season, suiting up for 42 games throughout 2015-16.  Cammalleri’s time with the Devils has been frustrating.  When he is on the ice, he is their best scoring weapon, but he is so injury prone.  It hurts even more when it’s a team that badly needs offense like the Devils.  With all that being said, Cammalleri was great in his 42 games played.  Let’s take a deeper look into his season. 

The Numbers

5v5 Numbers

5v5 TOI 5v5 Goals 5v5 Assists 5v5 Points 5v5 G60 5v5 A60 5v5 P60 5v5 Pen D 5v5 CF% 5v5 CF% Rel 5v5 SH%  ZSO% Rel
608.70 10 16 26 0.99 1.58 2.56 -2 49.0% 2.93% 12.41% 20.2%

5v4 Numbers

5v4 TOI 5v4 Goals 5v4 Assists 5v4 Points 5v4 G60 5v4 A60 5v4 P60 5v4 Pen D 5v4 CF% 5v4 CF% Rel 5v4 SH% ZSO% Rel
113.46 2 5 7 1.06 2.64 3.7 -1 85.4% 1.42% 12.68% -1.8%

4v5 Numbers

4v5 TOI 4v5 Goals 4v5 Assists 4v5 Points 4v5 G60 4v5 A60 4v5 P60 4v5 Pen D 4v5 CF% 4v5 CF% Rel 4v5 SH% 4v5 ZSO% Rel
16.39 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 15.38% 8.61% 0% -6.6%

All Situations Numbers

All TOI All Goals All Assists All Points All G60 All A60 All P60 All Pen D All CF% All CF% Rel All SH% All ZSO% Rel
807.42 14 24 38 1.04 1.78 2.38 11 53.92% 9.37% 13.09% 29.0%

It’s safe to say that Cammalleri was a very effective player this season when he was on the ice.  John Hynes gave Cammalleri favorable zone starts, but he made the best of those starts.  One very impressive thing about Cammalleri’s season is that he ranked 5th on the Devils in scoring.  I don’t know if that says more about the Devils lack of scoring, but I’m going to go with Cammalleri being really good. Cammalleri scored at a 0.90 point per game clip this season, which is insane considering how little weapons the Devils have on the team.  One last thing I’m going to point out before moving on is that Cammalleri ranked 7th in 5v5 points per 60 among players with at least 500 minutes played.  That ranked him above players like Johnny Gaudreau, Taylor Hall, and John Tavares.  That’s some great company for Cammalleri.

Cammalleri isn’t a defensive all-star, and Hynes understands that.  Cammalleri didn’t play that many minutes on the penalty kill.  He did play a good amount on the power play, though.  He was used exactly how he should’ve been used all season.  Hynes did a very good job of putting Cammalleri in a position to succeed, and Cammalleri did a good job of taking advantage of that. 

Season Grade: B

I wanted to give Cammalleri a higher grade.  His play certainly deserved it, but that brings us to his downfall this season, and what could potentially be his downfall in the future.  Cammalleri just can’t stay healthy.  Cammalleri has yet to play a full 82 game season, and hasn’t played 70 games in a season for the Devils yet.  Even if it’s just small injuries, Cammalleri unfortunately has the injury bug.  Even if he played in only 60 games, it would’ve bumped his grade up.  I just can’t justify giving an A to someone who missed almost half the season.  He was still the Devils best weapon when he did play.  The Devils were better with Cammalleri on the ice, and it showed.  Things might have been different for the Devils if Cammalleri was healthy.  Let’s all hope that Cammalleri can play in more games next year, because he’s extremely important to the Devils success. 

(Numbers and statistics via Corsica.hockey, war-on-ice, and Hockey Reference)

(Photo courtesy of Elsa/Getty Images)

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