It Doesn't Matter That Jack Roslovic is Having a Stronger Second Half Again

By Coby Maeir on March 31, 2023 at 10:15 am
Jack Roslovic skates with the puck in the Ducks vs. Blue Jackets game.
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For the second-consecutive season, Jack Roslovic's point-per-game total increased after the all-star break.

Jack Roslovic splits
2021-22 Points Games Points/Game
Pre All-Star Break 18 42 0.43
Post All-Star Break 27 39 0.69
2022-23 Points Games Points/Game
Pre All-Star Break 27 48 0.56
Post All-Star Break 16 23 0.70

After scoring just four goals in the first 48 games of the season, he scored his sixth goal in the last 16 games in Thursday night's game against Boston.

His production after the All-Star break has been a bright spot, but I'd argue it doesn't matter. After signing a two-year, $4M AAV extension in the summer of 2022, he was expected to take a step forward and challenge Boone Jenner for the team's No. 1 center. He did anything but that, including playing his way out of the lineup as a healthy scratch. For the second-straight year, he's tallying points in games that do not matter. You could argue that all the games count the same, and technically that's true, but when the pressure of making the playoffs is lifted off a team or player by mid-November, it changes things. 

Per, he's second on the team in giveaways and second among forwards in defensive-zone giveaways. To his credit, he is also second in takeaways, but there are many times when I wonder what he's doing on the defensive side of the puck, like on this goal embedded below.

His late-season increase in production also isn't new, per's split charts shown below.

You can be pleased with his improved production, but don't let it fool you. He's shown to be nothing more than an inconsistent 40-point player. 

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