Shown here are excerpts of the types of visualisations I use in my analyses.


possession Charts

Shown here are the clustered passes used by an opponent during a game in various situations.

Line thickness represent pass type frequency
Background colour represents the pass/play success rate in the respective lane
Controlled Zone Entries are represented by blue points, Failed Ctrl Entries are represented by red points, Dump ins are represented by black triangles
The text boxes show the number of entries and the number of shots and scoring chances resulting from entries through the respective lane

The Neutral Zone Regroup Chart for instance shows a clear trend by the opponent to successfully get clean entries on the far side of the ice after failed breakout passes or chip-outs by our team. These charts are produced for every type of possession (so you can spot typical plays on quick breakouts or control/set breakouts as well) and are particularly useful for opposition scouting.

Offensive Zone Play Charts

Shots locations are coded by colour to illustrate the play type. This distinguishes between plays off the rush (which aren’t shown here as the defending required on the rush is quite different from in-zone Defense) and in-zone Offense. I’ve used the following play categories:

  • Green: Pass to Slot

  • Purple: Pass from Behind the Net

  • Blue: Point Pass (low to high)

  • Yellow: Cycle Plays

  • Black: Other (e.g. directly off of puck recoveries without Passes)

Shots are also sized to xG value. The boxes show the number of completed and attempted passes of each type and the number of shots resulting from each play Type.

Visible here is that the opponent was largely held to point shots with a few opportunities from plays from behind the net. And most of the cycling (48 pass attempts in 54 Sequences) only led to point shots.



Powerplay/PK Charts

A basic plot showing the pass profile of a team’s powerplay. Useful for a pre-scout to tell where teams look to get the puck on the powerplay.

Pass type frequency is again coded to arrow thickness. We see a Powerplay that’s mainly run from the center point, with almost no plays down low or behind the net. The noticeable lack of Shots from the Slot is remarkable and likely explained by the focus on playing through the point.


Relative Shot Densities

A basic plot showing the shot profile of the shots that occur when the player is on the ice (shown here is the defensive side) relative to the rest of the team. This can be used to spot certain weaknesses in a player’s game.

Player Profiles

A basic attempt at a simple player profile using advanced pbp data (from InStat)