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The 2010-2011 Player Review: Colin White

Colin White didn't turn in the best statistical performance this season, but still ranked near the top of all the defensive stats. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Throughout the offseason, The Devils’ Den will break down the 2010-2011 Devils season. We’ll cover the big team stories, but also offer a breakdown of individual player performances. Today we focus on Colin White.

Colin White remains one of the few Devils from the early 2000s, when the team boasted one of the deepest collection of defenseman in the entire league. Gone, however, are all of his teammates from the two Stanley Cup championships. White once again entered the 2010-2011 season as the elder statesman of the defensive group. He anchored both the second and third defensive pairings this season. It wasn’t White’s greatest season, as he battled various injuries and only played 69 games. The advanced statistics show that, while serviceable, White was anything but stellar during the 2010-2011 season.

White At Even Strength

In the review, we’ll look at the two areas White played the most – at even strength and on the penalty kill. While he’s scored a few goals in his career, we all know White can’t consistently light the lamp and accordingly didn’t spend much time on the powerplay. White did, however, spend a majority of his time at even strength. He averaged approximately 16:12 of even-strength time this season, ranking third on the team. Playing lower on the depth chart made life easier for White, who’s quality of competition checked in at a measly .016. He ranked third on the team with a relative plus/minus rating of .49, showing he wasn’t liability in his own zone.

The numbers aren’t all positive. Despite a lower quality of competition, White still registered negative numbers. Teams scored 37 goals this season with White on the ice, averaging 2.05 per 60 minutes. The Devils only scored 34 goals with him on the ice, or 1.88 per 60 minutes. His Behind the Net plus/minus rating of minus-.17 isn’t terrible, but it’s not something a defenseman should be proud to display. His Corsi number while on the ice wasn’t impressive either. The -0.33 meant that White allowed other teams more offensive opportunities, failing to block or redirect shots. His teammates also let him down here, failing to generate offense.

The numbers for White when he’s off the ice decline even further. The Devils managed to score just 1.70 goals per 60 with the offensively-challenged White on the bench. They also allowed 2.36 goals per 60, a difference of plus-0.65. This despite allowing almost two shots less when he was on the bench. The numbers show White is a valuable even-strength defender, despite posting negatives in almost every category.

White On The Penalty Kill

White led the team in penalty kill time this season, averaging 3:08 of special teams time this season. The increased time did nothing to help White’s abysmal numbers this season. His rating of -2.33 showed he did litte to prevent powerplay goals. Teams scored 18 extra-strength goals this season, averaging 5.83 per 60. His minus-5.83 still ranked as one of the lowest of the team, a sad testament to the Devils’ penalty kill this season.

The team improved with White off the ice, allowing 4.20 goals per 60. The shots against also dropped, but not by a significant amount.

Conclusion

Remember, this wasn’t the typical Devils’ season. The team played terrible hockey for over three months, digging themselves a huge hole. Most players took a hit statistically. White also dealt with his share of injuries, missing a total of nine games with various lower-body ailments.

Despite the negative numbers, White posted some impressive achievements this year. He played his 700th game on December 6, which didn’t seem a given after his eye injury two years ago. He moved into fourth all-time for games played by a Devils defenseman, entering the rarified air of Scott Niedermayer, Scott Stevens and Ken Daneyko.

Despite posting all those negative numbers, White still finished the season one of the best Devils’ defenders. He’s not the player he once was, but he still brings a physical presence to the blueline. Occasionally he’ll get caught not moving his feet and be exposed. But there’s not much to complain about with White. He’s an average defender, and proved as much this season. He’ll continue to play well in his second and third pairing role as he finishes out the remainder of his contract next season.

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