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12-06-2012, 05:28 PM
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Even Strength Analysis

Originally Posted by hongkongphoey View Post
Don't confuse PPG players with players who can actually win hockey games or championships. Situation and roles can determine quickly how well earned points really are. Playing on the umbrella in a PP will give easy points versus the guy put in front of the net who takes the beating and more often than not resposible for creating the chance but he doesnt touch the puck.

If you ranked players by even strength points plus minus, GWGs then you might just get a big surprise.
It is really too bad the league doesn't actually do plus minus.

Danglers(or "pretty" hockey players) and guys who win hockey games and championships are not always the same thing. Team Canada East sent a field stacked full of pretty hockey players with a penchant for the back of thier jersey and got thier heads handed to them.

Remember Tonelli and Team Canada?

Some of the PPG guys are so horrible in thier own end they need escorts on the ice to keep them out of trouble in thier own end. Often another talented player but one who is more prepared to check his ego and do what is right for the team to get the win.

Every once in a while pay attention to who the coach puts out in key situations where they actaully need to win a hockey game. Last minute of tight games, or end of period, PK, 5 on 3, or PP. You might just find that the PPG guy isn't there but the complete hockey player and team mate is.

Just for fun here are the league leaders in 5-on-5 scoring (top 18):

Maniccia and Blasko 30pts.
Hedges 29
Pontarelli 28
Ferreira 27
Quince 27
Crete, Ammarato, and Neil 25pts
Robillard and Collins 24pts
Plouffe 23
B. Edwards and Bussey 22pts
Mclaren and L. Edwards 21
Petrie, Hodgson, and Walsh 20pts

Interesting (but perhaps in some instances not surprising) is that Boivin, Akeson, Clitsome, Carroll, Rosebrook, Dufour, Audi, Globke, etc. do not appear here.

This is a very simplisitic exercise as obviously some coaches play four lines and others play their top two extensively. What would be interesing (in addition to plus/minus figures) is time on the ice stats and points secured per minute played - as some kids play alot less than others.

Finally - GWG leaders this season are as follows (includes all situations): Hedges (6), Ferreira (5), L. Edwards (5) and Hrehoriak (5). Several at 4 - this as per pointstreak.

All in fun....

Last edited by Grabbers: 12-06-2012 at 06:28 PM. Reason: Error in Hedges GWG total - should read 6. Hodgson added to list
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