2022 Rangers Report Card: Barkley Goodrow

Of all the players on New York’s roster, Barlke Goodrow had one of the longest, most winding roads to get here. Before breaking into the professional ranks, Gudrow went without a draft for three consecutive years from 2011–2013. They attended potential camps Carolina Hurricane, Los Angeles KingsAnd Detroit Red Wings After each of those three drafts, however, the NHL was unable to secure a contract and ended up spending a total of five seasons in the OHL.

after signing with San Jose Sharks In early 2014, he spent his first three pro seasons bouncing between the NHL and the AHL, playing 77 NHL and 148 AHL games before making the NHL for good in 2017-18. Goodro joined tampa bay lightning On the trade deadline of 2020, just before the COVID-19 induced halt, and was a member of their back to back championships.

Prior to the opening of free agency, the Rangers traded what ended up being the 223rd pick of the 2022 Entry Draft for the negotiating rights to the Lightning for Goodrow. Chris Drury clarified That Goodrow was a player the Blueshirts had targeted well before free agency, and a six-year deal worth a shed just under $22 million for Goodrow. Upon signing that deal, initial guesses looked pretty grim:

Boxcar stats: 79 GP, 13G, 20A, 116 SOG, 16:42 TOI/GP, 69 PIM, -5 penalty differential, +10 on-ice goal differential

5-on-5 Analytical Metrics: 1.44 points/60, -3.74 relative CF%, -4.90 relative SF%, 7.19 relative GF%, -3.93 relative expected GF%, -1.41 relative SCF%, 104.2 on-ice PDO, 2.7 GAR

Playoff stats: 1 point, 15:00 TOI/GP, -10.30 relative CF%, -14.90 relative xGF%, -2 on-ice goal differential

Upon arriving in New York, Goodrow was expected to bring some elements to the table. As Rangers opted to name a captain for the fourth consecutive season, Goodrow ended up as one of six players named as an alternate captain at the conclusion of training camp. Goodrow was the only player on the roster with a championship pedigree, but even with that experience, being named an alternate captain was a blow to many.

For his on-ice contributions, Goodrow had a reputation as a versatile, defensively responsible forward. He could align on the wing or center and play anywhere in the lineup. His skills were best put to use in a defense-first bottom six role, but Goodrow spent time above and below Gerard Gallant’s lineup throughout the season. Reputation would lead one to believe that Gudrow became a defensive specialist, but the numbers behind Gudrow’s game are quite the opposite:

The defense-first reputation Gudrow built over time, his first season with the Rangers, saw him contribute heavily to the offensive side of the game.
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Looking at Goodro’s season there are some interesting nuggets of information. Despite being in the red across the board in terms of shot and scoring chance based metrics relative to his teammates, Goodrow was one of the better drivers of the team’s on-ice goal difference. His 5-on-5 goal difference and relative goals for % were both the team’s top five players, who spent most of the season with the Rangers.

Significantly outperforming shot and chance based metrics is usually seen in players with some sort of elite pucking skill, whether passing or shooting, but the same cannot be said for Goodrow. The other five Rangers’ forwards also positively affected their shot and chance margins to positively affect the team’s goal difference (Panarin, Kako, Strom, Zibnejad and Kredder). Goodroe sticks out here like a sore throat.

Goodrow spent most of his time with the Lightning in his third row, and if you asked a Rangers fan what role he played for him this season, they’ll most likely tell you that he was a jack of all trades that played his part. spent most of the time. in the bottom half of the lineup. Contrary to that belief, Gudrow was 5-on-5 on the ice and fifth in all conditions during the season.

While the increase in trade deadlines from Andrew Copp and Frank Vatrano pushed Goodrow into the bottom six role, continued line juggling in the early parts of the season saw Goodrow skate for more minutes than most New York forwards. The team’s stale forward depth was one of the issues that troubled them until the deadline. Goodrow can be a useful player in some circumstances, but a team where he’s basically skating second-row minutes is not a team that will be very successful.

That problem was resolved by the time the playoffs began, as Gudrow found himself on the fourth line skating along with Kevin Rooney and Ryan Reeves for Game 1 against Pittsburgh. During the second period of that game, Gudrow broke his leg while intercepting a shot and was out of the lineup for the remainder of the opening round series. Gudrow lost 11 games before returning for Game 6 of the second round against Carolina, and found himself in a fourth-row mix with Reeves and Tyler Motte.

For a player who was brought in in part because of his playoff experience, missing more than half of the playoffs and being ineffective was not the ideal time. Gudrow missed almost three weeks from his injury and was certainly less than 100% upon his return to the lineup, so ragging him for nine subpar games isn’t a particularly fruitful exercise in this case.

It can be difficult to grade a player in Gudrow’s circumstances. It’s not his fault that the Rangers signed him a contract paying him a lot more than he deserved, so how to grade him relative to his salary compared to what one should expect from him is difficult. Is. Gudrow is not a depth first player Stanley Cup To cash the champion immediately and underperform relative to his new contract, and he won’t be the last.

New York is already in the midst of a major cap crisis. Larry Brooks has swam The idea of ​​a team moving on from Gudrow with some of its younger players due to new contracts after the 2022–23 campaign. Goodrow can be a quality depth piece for a winning hockey team. That’s what his place in the teams that made at least the conference finals in each of the last four seasons speaks of.

Unfortunately, quality depth pieces can be found for a lot cheaper than what Rangers would pay to Goodrow. Clever salary cap management is the name of the game for the NHL due to the financial havoc caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Goodrow will need to bring more to the table going forward as the Blueshirts look to build on their success from this past season. If he can’t, he won’t be around for long.

Masthead Average: C (3 C+’s, 2 C’s, 2 D’s)

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