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Statistical Comparisons: Bonino And Kesler

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Just ahead of the Canucks' game against the Ducks on Sunday night, I got this "brilliant" idea to study the stats of both Ryan Kesler and Nick Bonino and see which dude is winning in each category. It's early in the season (15 games), yadda yadda but let's have some fun and eat candy.

Canucks' GM Jim Benning traded Ryan Kesler to the Quacks at the Draft on June 27th for Nick Bonino, Luca Sbisa and the 24th pick in the Draft, who the Canucks used to select Jared McCann. I am not going to talk about Sbisa or McCann. Let's just focus on the centerpieces of the trade, and that would be the 2 centers. Bonino was brought in to replace Kesler as the 2nd line guy. How's that working out? Let's see:

TYPICAL LINE MATES

Kesler: Jakob Silferberg and Matt Beleskey

Bonino: Alex Burrows and Chris Higgins

GOALS

Kesler: 3

Bonino: 7

GOALS FOR % WHILE PLAYER IS ON THE ICE

Kesler: 50.3%

Bonino: 49.8%

GOALS AGAINST % WHILE PLAYER IS ON THE ICE

Kesler: 49.5%

Bonino: 50.4%

PDO

Kesler: 98.4

Bonino: 104.4

ASSISTS

Kesler: 7

Bonino: 5

POINTS

Kesler: 10

Bonino: 12

PLUS/MINUS

Kesler: -3

Bonino: +8

PENALTY MINUTES

Kesler: 21

Bonino: 6

POWER PLAY GOALS

Kesler: 1

Bonino: 0

POWER PLAY POINTS

Kesler: 5

Bonino: 0

POWER PLAY TIME ON ICE PER GAME

Kesler: 3:15

Bonino: 2:11

SHORTHANDED GOALS

Kesler: 0

Bonino: 0

SHORTHANDED POINTS

Kesler: 0

Bonino: 0

SHORTHANDED TIME ON ICE PER GAME

Kesler: 2:15

Bonino: 2:02

EVEN STRENGTH TIME ON ICE PER GAME

Kesler: 14:33

Bonino: 12:33

OVERALL TIME ON ICE PER GAME

Kesler: 20:04

Bonino: 16:47

GAME-WINNING GOALS

Kesler: 1

Bonino: 3

SHOTS

Kesler: 44

Bonino: 34

FACEOFF WINNING PERCENTAGE

Kesler: 55.5%

Bonino: 45.5%

FACEOFFS TAKEN

Kesler: 299

Bonino: 244

PERCENTAGE OF TEAM'S FACEOFFS TAKEN

Kesler: 31.6%

Bonino: 25.7%

HITS

Kesler: 36

Bonino: 5

BLOCKED SHOTS

Kesler: 9

Bonino: 12

MISSED SHOTS

Kesler: 19

Bonino: 6

GIVEAWAYS

Kesler: 5

Bonino: 4

TAKEAWAYS

Kesler: 4

Bonino: 15

I think, generally speaking, that enough can be read in the stats that I have provided. Bonino is a better player than Kesler is AT THIS EARLY POINT OF THE GAME. Oops, did I say that out loud? Bonino is putting out more than Kesler is with far less ice time. You can draw your own conclusions with the info I have provided. From an eye test perspective, I find that Bonino uses his linemates a lot better than Kesler did when he was here (latter days).

Kesler is 30 years old. Bonino is 26 years old. Just sayin'. Both have played 15 games so far.

This post is in no way to bash Kesler and his time with that Canucks. For his services I am eternally grateful. I'm just giving you the raw stats (and free candy. It's great to see Bonino winning most of those categories. But we also got Sbisa and a first round pick  in that deal. Again...just sayin' (nice work, Benning). Further in the season I will post another comparison post about these 2 centers and I am sure that the tables will have turned somewhat by then. Or not.

More on Kesler (oh no, I shouldn't do this..............):

He talks about his new life in Anaheim:

"I think just being able to enjoy your time off the ice. You can be with your family and kind of just live your life like a normal person and not have that famous part of it."

Really? FFS, Shut the hell up. You loved your legend status here.

Ducks' coach Bruce Boudreau on Kesler:

"I’m sure there are things still in his game that he reverts back to and goes ‘Oh geez we don’t do that here. You know, or ‘I used to do that there and we’ve changed.’

"But for the most part, even though the offensive numbers aren’t there, he’s been very good. And one of the main reasons is I can put him and Getzlaf out on different lines and we’ve been very good defensively because our matchups have been (favourable)."

On the scrutiny in a hockey-crazed market like Vancouver:

It is during the few moments of downtime the season offers where Kesler most appreciates his new situation. He and his wife, Andrea, are able to go out for dinner and blend into the surroundings.

They’ve now spent a couple months in California and he’s hardly been recognized.

"A couple people here and there, but nothing like Vancouver," said Kesler.

That via Sportsnet. How many times have we heard this? Hey man, when times were good, who was hogging all the media spotlight? Who was photobombing? Yeesh!

Anyway! Hope you enjoyed the post. Unleash hell in the comments section!

I think that in some ways, given the success Kesler had here in Vancouver and the way he bolted, this video is quite appropriate:

But seeing how good Bonino is doing, also appropriate: Pretty much any Slayer video.