To avoid (honestly, quite fair) accusations of homer-ism, I shall appeal to reason with the use of stats provided by behind the net...
In addition to shots, goals, dubiously recorded hits, +/-, what have you - Landeskog leads his team in Quality of competition (Henrique is 6th on the Devils, RNH is 9th on the Oilers). His relative Corsi is top 20 in the league, while his ES o-zone starts are still around 55%. He is +22 on a team where he closest teammate is +10, and the team as a whole is -3.
In making that particular case, it may seem I'm discriminating against Henrique and RNH for having better and worse situations, things that are out of their control. I don't intend that. I just want to stress how good Landeskog has been.
Is being possibly the best forward on a bubble team better than being the 4th (?) best forward on a playoff team, if those two players have otherwise similar stats? It might be a decent tiebreaker, though I don't know how fair it is.
RNH, man, I don't know, he certainly brings the razzle dazzle.
You neglect the most important stat, and that's the Johnson-Forsby Dynamic Plunt Ratio. Henrique leads the pack with a +28% (+38% on the road against rested opponents!) to be the easy choice among the three. Stats don't lie buddy.
Points are not all that matter. Having him listed third is ridiculous.
Originally Posted by Immanuel
This. The nuge scored a lot of points but he's not close to being as effective as Lando right now. Nuge put on a good show for a kid but Lando plays a man's game that has helped his team win hockey games.
When was the last time someone won the Calder based on there Overall Game? Points are always gonna be counted first when it comes to awards like the Calder.
Henrique isn't just riding their coattails. Far from it. He definitely benefits from playing with them, but watch him play and then tell me he isn't a dynamic player in his own right.
I think the race is now primarily between Landeskog and Henrique, and I'd say Landeskog is currently ahead by a little bit, despite Henrique's scoring advantage. Lando is putting his team on his back (something Henrique can't really claim), and like Henrique, he plays in all situations. The fact that RNH racks up almost half his points on the PP and doesn't play on the PK at all hurts his candidacy compared to the other two.
It's true... Henerique is a nice player but he's undoubtedly benefitting from kovy and Parise, how could he not? Landeskog or read would have many many more points than they do now if they had them 2 and 1st line minutes, you can't argue it. RNH has the linemates and ice time.
I swear half of you hardly ever watch Devils games, yes, Henrique does benefit from playing between them, but they also benefit from playing around him. He has been a catalyst for that line. Henrique creates his own chances all the time.
Henrique is full marks for his points, the linemate argument is just asinine. He's playing with Kovalchuk and Parise, so he's facing the other teams top checking lines, and shutdown defence pair. I don't remember anybody pissing on Sid Abel because he played with Howe and Lindsay.