Season Grade: Jiri Tlusty

I had some high expectations for Tlusty when he was brought in by Ray Shero.  I knew that he wasn’t going to put up a ton of points, but I thought he’d be a decent 3rd line forward who could chip in some offense.  Unfortunately, I was wrong.  It was a rough season for Tlusty.  He wasn’t an offensive threat, and would miss more than half the season with injuries.  Let’s look at his 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
355.78 1 1 2 0.17 0.17 0.34 1 47.42% 0.89% 4.00% -6.46%

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
25.54 1 0 1 2.35 0 2.35 2 76.92% 13.99% 13.33% -14.31%

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
16.32 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 20.00% 7.50% 0.00% 19.08%

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
410.17 2 2 4 0.29 0.29 0.59 6 47.37% 0.35% 5.85% -5.03%

First thing that stands out is the lack of offense from Tlusty.  4 points in 30 games isn’t anything that makes you want Tlusty back next year.  He didn’t play much on the power play because he couldn’t produce at 5v5.  He didn’t play on the penalty kill because he defensive play wasn’t anything special.  He only put up 2 even strength points this season.  There were depth players that were much better options than Tlusty.  If I could describe Tlusty’s presence this year, it would be that he was just around.  

If there was one thing to be happy with, it’s that his possession numbers were positive relative to the rest of the team.  That spreads across very situation he was put in as well.  Now, the Devils were a very bad possession team, so it’s not like he was making a huge difference, but still.  Tlusty also drew more penalties than he took, and if you’ve been reading these season grades, you can see how that helps the Devils.  Besides that, it was a pretty forgettable season from Tlusty.

Season Grade: F

I understand what Shero was doing when he brought in Tlusty.  He had the chance to be a solid 3rd line guy, but it never happened.  Guys like Tyler Kennedy, Lee Stempniak, and Jacob Josefson were much better options for the Devils.  Tlusty also took up spots that could’ve been filled by players like Reid Boucher or Joseph Blandisi.  Like many players on the Devils, Tlusty will be a UFA this offseason.  I highly doubt he is brought back.  He missed way too much time with injuries, and his wrist surgery could impact his already small scoring numbers.  It was a low risk signing that just happened to have no reward.  Tlusty didn’t even come close to meeting the expectations of many people, and didn’t do anything to earn more than an F this season. 

(Numbers and statistics via Corsica.hockey and Hockey Reference)

(Photo courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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