Season Grade: Bobby Farnham

Farnham became a fan favorite this year.  Farnham was dubbed “Wild Thing” by Devils fans this year, and it was a pretty accurate nickname.  Farnham played a very aggressive, sometimes too aggressive style of play this year.  He was primarily used as a 4th line enforcer type, not seeing much time on the power play or penalty kill.  He managed to chip in some goals this season, which was unexpected.  Let’s take a look at Farnham’s season below.

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%  5v5 ZSO% Rel
471.81 8 2 10 1.02 0.25 1.27 -3 44.25% -1.37% 6.78% -3.22%

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% 5v4 ZSO% Rel

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

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
493.3 8 2 10 0.97 0.24 1.22 -17 43.35% -2.90% 6.78% -3.48%

As I said above, Farnham didn’t see much special teams time.  Hynes made the right situation there.  Farnham isn’t an extremely skilled player, and he’s not someone I would want to see on the power play or penalty kill.  His sample size special teams was so small that it wasn’t enough to truly gauge his impact, thus the N/A.  His even strength (5v5) numbers weren’t very great this year.  He did score 8 goals, which was nice to see, but his possession numbers weren’t any special.  Like most of the Devils, he didn’t get great zone starts.  His CF% numbers were pretty bad, especially relative to the rest of the team.  

His all situations numbers were also pretty meh in terms of possession.  The Devils were a better team when he wasn’t on the ice, and his teammates were better playing away from him.  His penalty differential was also pretty bad.  He took 17 more penalties than he drew, and came in second in PIM with 92.  That’s second to Jordin Tootoo, who also played 12 more games than Farnham.  He also had some nasty hits this year.  Some were questionable, but then there were some like this hit on Dmitrij Jaskins.  It was a dumb, stupid, and unnecessary hit.  Farnham would receive a 4 game suspension for it.  He would also get fined for embellishment during the season.

Season Grade: D

Farnham had some bright spots this season, but not enough to get above a D.  He did put up 8 goals, which is big for a team that can’t score.  But his reckless play and actions this year were also very bad, and outweigh his 8 goals.  The hit on Jaskins was bush league, and getting fined for embellishment is embarrassing for him and the team.  Wild Thing plays on the wild side for sure, and it came back to haunt him many times during the season. With that being said, I think there’s a decent chance the Devils re-sign Farnham.  He’s nothing more than a depth winger, but I could see the Devils liking his style of play when they go against rival teams.  It was an interesting first year for Farnham, and it will be interesting to see what his future with the Devils holds. 

(Numbers and Statistics via and Hockey Reference)

(Photo courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


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