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Jason Chimera 2014-2015 Preview and Projections

After taking a look at John Carlson on Saturday, today we’re going to take a look at a very underrated player who will play a large part in the Washington Capitals success in 2014-2015: Jason Chimera.

Jason Chimera’s 2013-2014 Season In Review

After having a nightmare of a season in 2012-2013, which saw Jason Chimera have horrible luck, including an almost Karl Alzner-esque 3.3% shooting percentage, Chimera had far better luck last season and therefore, had a better season. His shooting percentage was a far more reasonable 9.0% shooting percentage. Jason Chimera set a career high in points with 42 (15 goals, 27 assists). Chimera also saw the most power play time per game in his career (50 seconds per game), which led to Chimera having five points on the power play (a career high for him).

Most importantly, Jason Chimera was a part of the Washington Capitals’ best line at even strength: The Green Line. Along with linemates Joel Ward and Eric Fehr, Ward, Chimera, and Fehr scored the most points per 60 minutes at even strength (in that order). Part of that can be chalked up to an abnormally low opponent goalies’ save percentage when those three were on the ice, but considering where I think most of their shots were taken (close to the net), that might be somewhat sustainable. Jason Chimera did all of that while taking just 25.9% of his faceoffs in the offensive zone and 33.3% of his faceoffs in the defensive zone.

When I saw Jason Chimera’s numbers, I assumed that he had good possession stats. That wasn’t the case. His 46.5% Corsi-For percentage and 46.5% Fenwick-For percentage were both very underwhelming, but at the same time, understandable due to how many defensive zone starts he faced.

Jason Chimera’s Best Moment Of 2013-2014

Checking Corey Perry into the Capitals’ bench was definitely a favorite of mine. This goal was pretty awesome because it pretty much sums up why Jason Chimera is good at hockey.

Jason Chimera’s Worst Moment From 2013-2014

Any moment that Ward or Chimera were on the ice without the other probably qualifies.

What To Expect From Jason Chimera In 2014-2015

Fans can expect Jason Chimera to pretty much be what he has always been: a very solid checking line wing who is very fast. Honestly, I have no expectations from him as far as his possession stats because chances are, he’ll be seeing a ton of defensive zone draws against opponents’ top lines. That’s pretty much a no-win situation as far as possession stats are concerned. I think Jason Chimera is going to have right around 30-40 points. Most of that depends on how well Ward and Chimera play with their new center (though we don’t know who that will be yet). With the emergence of Evgeny Kuznetsov, it’s hard for me to think that Chimera will see consistent time on power plays, so I don’t think it’s likely that Chimera will set a career high in points.

Bold Prediction

Jason Chimera will get serious consideration for the Selke Trophy for best defensive forward. He’s not going to win it unless quite a few players, including Brad Bergeron, Anze Kopitar, and Jonathan Toews all don’t play, but I think a top 15 or even top 10 finish isn’t out of the question. If he can have a solid season, he should definitely be in consideration.

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