The NWHL announced before the start of this season that the league would be expanding the number of games the teams will play. I want to take a look at the players stats to see how players are taking advantage of the extended schedule and possible expanded roles on their respective teams. Today, we will be looking at the heart and soul of the Metropolitan Riveters and original NWHL member Madison Packer.
Madison Packer played four years of college hockey at the University of Wisconsin, in which she had played 146 games for the program. She tallied 46 goals and added 58 assists for a grand total of 104 points. Which is good for 26th all time for the illustrious program. (According to Elite Prospects.) After missing only a year’s worth of hockey, she signed for the newly formed NWHL league.
In her rookie year for the league, she played in 16 games for the then New York Riveters. She managed to find the back of the net 3 times and would add 4 assists for 7 points on the year. Her point totals would tie her for fifth on the team. In the playoffs that year, she played 2 games and found the back of the net once.
Not suffering any sophomore slumps, she would improve on her numbers by playing 17 games for the renamed Metropolitan Riveters, in which she would score 8 goals and add 5 assists for a total of 13 points on the year. Which would once again place her in fifth on the team in point totals. In the playoffs that year, she would tally an assist in the one game she played.
In her third year in the league, she played in 5 less games than her previous season, but that didn’t stop her scoring, she would net 10 goals and add another 8 assists for 18 points on the year. Which would move her to third on the team in points, having played in 4 less games than those around her. In the playoffs, she played two games and scored once and added 2 assists as the Riveters went on to win the Isobel Cup that year!
In her fourth year in the league, she would suffer only a slight dip in numbers. Her point per game rate went from 1.5 her previous year, to just under a point per game at 0.9. She still managed to net 8 goals and add 5 assists for 13 points for the season. It would be good for second on the team in terms of points, and tied for the team lead for goals. While she didn’t score in the playoffs, she was a force to be reckoned with in the 2 games she played.
In this current NWHL season, and with the expanded schedule, she is currently lighting up the league. At the start of the season, she was given a greater role on the team, being named captain of the Riveters.
She has taken the role in stride, as she has netted a career high 12 goals and added another high with 17 assists for 29 points on the year. She is third in the league in points, and she currently has a tie for the league lead in power play goals. Currently for the Riveters, she leads the teams in points and also is once again tied for the team lead in goals.
Packer was named captain for the NWHL All Star Game, which will take place in Boston.
She has definitely taken full advantage of having an expanded schedule. She is primed for many great things for the rest of the year. I very much look forward to seeing how she’ll do with the remaining 5 games.
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