Tuesday, May 08, 2007

The NHL's most improved

Among forwards with at least 50 points and defencemen with at least 30, here's a look at the players who improved on their point totals the most from 2005-06:


Forwards

'06-'07
'05-'06 Diff

Name Team
GP Pts
Pts
1 Martin St. Louis TAM
82 102
61 +41
2 Jason Pominville BUF
82 68
30 38
3 Daniel Briere BUF
81 95
58 37
4 David Legwand NAS
78 63
26 37
5 Thomas Vanek BUF
82 84
48 36
6 Scott Walker CAR
81 51
16 35
7 Mikko Koivu MIN
82 54
21 33
8 Vincent Lecavalier TAM
82 108
75 33
9 Milan Michalek SAN
78 66
35 31
10 Kristian Huselius CGY
81 77
47 30
11 Zach Parise NJD
82 62
32 30
12 Ray Whitney CAR
81 83
55 28
13 Jarome Iginla CGY
70 94
67 27
14 J.P. Dumont NAS
82 66
40 26
15 Viktor Kozlov NYI
81 51
25 26
16 Michael Cammalleri LOS
81 80
55 25
17 Lee Stempniak STL
82 52
27 25
18 Patrik Elias NJD
75 69
45 24
19 Keith Tkachuk ATL
79 58
36 22
20 Andrew Brunette COL
82 83
63 20
21 Chris Kunitz ANA
81 60
41 19
22 Ryan Getzlaf ANA
82 58
39 19
23 Daymond Langkow CGY
81 77
59 18
24 Sidney Crosby PIT
79 120
102 18
25 Derek Roy BUF
75 63
46 17
26 Alexander Frolov LOS
82 71
54 17



Defencemen

'06-
'07

'05-'06 Diff

Name Team
GP Pts
Pts
1 Kevin Bieksa VAN
81 42
6 +36
2 Sheldon Souray MON
81 64
39 25
3 Mark Streit MON
76 36
11 25
4 Tom Poti NYI
78 44
23 21
5 Ryan Whitney PIT
81 59
38 21
6 Ron Hainsey COB
80 34
17 17
7 Ruslan Salei FLA
82 32
19 13
8 Roman Hamrlik CGY
75 38
26 12
9 Filip Kuba TAM
81 37
25 12
10 Marc-Andre Bergeron NYI
78 46
35 11
11 Duncan Keith CHI
82 31
21 10
12 Michal Rozsival NYR
80 40
30 10
13 Christian Ehrhoff SAN
82 33
23 10
14 Dan Boyle TAM
82 63
53 10

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7 Comments:

At 11:23 PM, May 08, 2007, Anonymous ken said...

St. Louis wins by virtue of stinking the joint out last year. In fact, didn't he win the "award" for biggest year-to-year point decline last year?

 
At 11:46 PM, May 08, 2007, Blogger Knotwurth Mentioning said...

Interesting is that Elias really didn't improve at that impressive a pace, since last year he missed a huge chunk of the season with Hep. A. It felt like he slumped this year because he did, but because of an injury it would appear he improved.

 
At 11:50 PM, May 08, 2007, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

This list makes me a bit suspicious. Notice how members of the same team tend to cluster together. Is this a list of players who were significantly better this year? Or, is it a list of players who got a lot of ice team with players who were better this year? Or, is it a list of guys who, for one reason or another got a lot more ice time this year? Or, is it a list of guys who got moved up the depth chart, and were playing with much better linemates?

Of course, it's a list of all four, and probably a couple of other things. By itself this chart is interesting (thanks for digging it up, James), but it poses a number of questions that might be more interesting than the ones it answers.

 
At 8:57 AM, May 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good point about Patrik Elias--he didn't really improve at all this year, and in fact it could be argued that his overall game is in steep decline from his energetic and creative years in the past.

I think this statistic is a little misleading--and Tom Poti still is horrible despite any improvement in point totals. One of the most dismal and uninspiring players in the game today.

 
At 9:23 AM, May 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark Streit played forward more often than not during the stretch run for the Habs. While technically a defenseman, he was more or less a forward with the occasional stint on the second PP unit.

 
At 11:30 AM, May 09, 2007, Blogger Hockey Amor said...

Semin First!
I think you should have included Alexander Semin as this was his second year in the league after the lockout and playing in Russia last year. He went from 22 to 73 points and would rank first in your listing!

 
At 11:48 AM, May 09, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

He should have thought of that before he went to Russia.

 

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