Friday, November 23, 2007

Most improved players

Forwards on pace to better their 2006-07 scoring totals the most:




2006-07 2007-08


Name Tm GP Pts
GP Pts /82
diff
1 Cory Stillman CAR 43 27
19 26 112.2
85.2
2 Mike Richards PHI 59 32
20 23 94.3
62.3
3 Ilya Kovalchuk ATL 82 76
21 33 128.9
52.9
4 Henrik Zetterberg DET 63 68
22 32 119.3
51.3
5 Brenden Morrow DAL 40 31
21 21 82.0
51.0
6 Jason Williams CHI 78 32
19 18 77.7
45.7
7 Matt Cullen CAR 80 41
22 23 85.7
44.7
8 Nik Antropov TOR 54 33
22 20 74.5
41.5
9 Vaclav Prospal TAM 82 55
21 24 93.7
38.7
10 Mike Comrie NYI 65 45
18 18 82.0
37.0
11 Rick Nash COB 75 57
21 24 93.7
36.7
12 Joffrey Lupul PHI 81 28
20 15 61.5
33.5
13 Chuck Kobasew BOS 50 19
19 12 51.8
32.8
14 Ryan Getzlaf ANA 82 58
20 22 90.2
32.2
15 Mike Ribeiro DAL 81 59
18 20 91.1
32.1
16 Patrick Sharp CHI 80 35
21 17 66.4
31.4
17 Jere Lehtinen DAL 73 43
21 19 74.2
31.2
18 Ryan Kesler VAN 48 16
21 12 46.9
30.9
19 Richard Zednik FLA 42 21
19 12 51.8
30.8
20 Nikolai Zherdev COB 71 32
21 16 62.5
30.5
21 Daniel Alfredsson OTT 77 87
21 30 117.1
30.1
22 Marian Gaborik MIN 48 57
16 17 87.1
30.1
23 Tomas Holmstrom DET 77 52
22 22 82.0
30.0
24 Mats Sundin TOR 75 76
22 28 104.4
28.4
25 Josef Vasicek NYI 63 22
18 11 50.1
28.1
26 Jeremy Roenick SAN 70 28
19 13 56.1
28.1
27 Eric Belanger MIN 80 35
21 16 62.5
27.5
28 Steve Reinprecht PHO 49 33
19 14 60.4
27.4
29 Alexei Kovalev MON 73 47
21 19 74.2
27.2
30 Corey Perry ANA 82 44
22 19 70.8
26.8
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3 Comments:

At 3:28 PM, November 23, 2007, Blogger Menzies said...

I don't know that this pans out for some of the guys with significant injuries. Obviously it's an awesome tool for a guy like Alfredson who just missed a handful of games, but if you look at Zednick it seems to inflate his production this year.

Last year he missed half the season. If he had played a full season he would have had closer to 42 points (averaging it out). So to say he's on par for a 30 point improvement suggests he's really improving. In reality, he's on schedule for a 10 point improvement. Or better, if he's also on par for another 42 game season, he's really on par for only a 4-5 point improvement, which isn't really that much of an improvement at all.

Other than the injury's, it's really nice to look at. Helps you realize just how much Kovalchuk is playing off his ass right now.

 
At 6:18 PM, November 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scoring will get harder as the season goes along. Goalies are like pitchers who have hard time finding their groove early on.

How many goalies have been dominant this season? Lundqvist, maybe Gerber, and LeClaire has been great in some games (shutouts).

Teams are also playing more and more trap. Now the trap is also deeper because stupid idea of taking redline off. That rule killed scoring in Europe.

Russian league is the lowest scoring European league but Finnish (4.6 goals per game) and Swedish (4.3) leagues aren't exactly lightning it up, either.

European leagues also adopted hockey killer "zero tolerance" for this season so their numbers are inflated due to more PPs. For now.

Teams in NHL league are also collapsing in front of their nets more than ever.

I would love to see Ilja score 75 goals but he'll end up with 50.

But I wouldn't care about numbers as much if the game was good. It's way worse than before lock-out.

Tampa vs. Calgary final or Calgary vs. San Jose that same year might have been better hockey than what we saw last season.

Man, it was great to see Ottawa sleepwalk through East and then get beaten like rented mule by an "old NHL" hockey team.

 
At 2:32 AM, November 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about quality of opposition? Have any of these guys replaced the Parises with the Maddens of the NHL?

 

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