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Mark Arcobello thrives under the radar

Get to know the nomadic center Mark Arcobello.

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Arcobello has bounced around a lot in his professional career. He worked his way up from the ECHL, to the AHL, to Edmonton and played there for a full season before being traded to Nashville this season. In case that wasn't enough movement, he was then acquired off waivers by the Pittsburgh Penguins, and once more by the Arizona Coyotes just a month later.

A center by trade, he has lined up on the wing as well. He has played with the top-six forwards, on the third line, the fourth line and has been a healthy scratch (though not yet in Arizona).

Arcobello has 15 goals and 12 assists on the year; seven goals and five assists have come during his time in Arizona. But let's take a closer look at some of his scoring rates to see how useful Arcobello has been beyond merely putting the puck in the net:


2013-2014:  1.82

2014-2015:  1.21

Shots per game

2013-2014:  1.5

2014-2015: 1.57

Relative Corsi (percentage difference in shot attempts from Arcobello to his teammates)

2013-2014:  4.7%

2014-2015:  6.4%

Scoring Chance Differential

2013-2014: .8

Author's note: Differential comes courtesy of the smart folks at Cult of Hockey, this stat measures the differential of "contributions to scoring chances for" vs. "mistakes on scoring chances against" per 15 minutes of Even Strength ice time.

There is a level of subjectivity but they have been recording it for multiple seasons and it traces exactly who is responsible for the derivatives of the most important stat in hockey, goals.  Arcobello's mark ranked 2nd to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (an impressive 1.21) for Oilers centers.

Arcobello is a center that has consistently helped his team push the play in their favor.  He provides adequate supplemental scoring as well. The most intriguing part about Arcobello's career may be that despite the large number of new NHL teams, Arcobello will be a restricted free agent this season, which means Arizona controls his rights.

As of now, it doesn't seem like Arcobello factors into the team's long-term plans. But if Don Maloney changes his mind, it shouldn't cost the Coyotes too much to bring Arcobello back into the fold next season.