Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Top 30 in 30

I'm going to try and make this a feature every two weeks: The hottest 30 players over the past 30 days, with 10 forwards, 10 defencemen and 10 netminders.

I'll go strictly with points for the forwards, but plus-minus counts for blueliners and goalies need wins and a good save percentage.


Forwards G A Pts +/- PPG PPA GWG
1 Marian Gaborik 13 8 21 4 2 3 1
2 Sidney Crosby 5 15 20 12 0 4 1
3 Ilya Kovalchuk 11 8 19 -2 4 3 0
4 Kristian Huselius 7 12 19 8 1 6 2
5 Jaromir Jagr 6 12 18 1 2 5 1
6 Scott Gomez 4 14 18 0 2 5 1
7 Jarome Iginla 11 6 17 6 6 2 3
8 J.P. Dumont 9 8 17 3 5 2 2
9 Pavel Datsyuk 4 13 17 12 1 6 2
10 Daniel Alfredsson 10 6 16 1 4 1 2

Gabby's five-goal game certainly helps him out a bit, but other than that, we've heard little about the Wild sniper.


Defencemen
G A Pts +/- PPG PPA GWG
1 Nicklas Lidstrom 1 13 14 17 0 6 1
2 Niklas Kronwall 1 10 11 11 0 1 0
3 Mike Green 4 8 12 5 1 3 1
4 Brian Rafalski 4 7 11 6 3 1 1
5 Brent Burns 1 10 11 4 0 3 0
6 Sergei Gonchar 2 8 10 4 1 4 1
7 Brent Seabrook 3 3 6 8 2 0 1
8 Chris Pronger 4 3 7 6 2 1 2
9 Wade Redden 1 8 9 4 1 4 0
10 Andrei Markov 5 6 11 1 2 4 0

If this was NBA Jam, Nick Lidstrom would be permanently on fire by now. His team lost 5-1 last night and he was +1.

Green, Burns and Seabrook are all emerging as top defenders this season.


Goaltenders
W GAA SV Sv% SO
1 Ty Conklin 10 1.51 358 0.955 2
2 J-S Giguere 8 1.61 282 0.940 2
3 Martin Brodeur 9 1.69 283 0.937 2
4 Dominik Hasek 6 1.51 183 0.934 2
5 Roberto Luongo 8 1.89 308 0.931 2
6 Mathieu Garon 5 2.18 291 0.930 1
7 Kari Lehtonen 7 2.30 365 0.929 1
8 Pascal Leclaire 6 1.95 212 0.926 1
9 Manny Legace 6 1.94 250 0.923 2
10 Ilya Bryzgalov 9 2.47 388 0.919 0

Conklin, Garon, Lehtonen — there are some unheralded names for you.
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12 Comments:

At 10:04 AM, January 16, 2008, Blogger Jordan said...

You missed Shane Doan, who has 19 points since December 16 including his current 8 game point scoring streak where he has 14 points (5g, 9a, +5).

 
At 12:31 PM, January 16, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

These are before last night's games, and Doan had 15 points, I believe.

 
At 12:35 PM, January 16, 2008, Blogger Jeremy said...

Wasn't it Crosby who asked in those early-season NHL ads, "Is this the year a goalie stops everything?"

I don't imagine he thought it would be his goalie, and certainly nobody thought it would be Ty Conklin. Unreal...

 
At 3:49 PM, January 16, 2008, Blogger Jes Gőlbez said...

Without his 5-goal game, Gaborik would still have 16 points, and be on your list. He's been quite good lately, and hasn't snapped his groin (knock on wood)

 
At 3:51 PM, January 16, 2008, Blogger Jay said...

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At 4:41 PM, January 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

lehtonen is hardly unheralded. he's a former first round pick and the alleged saviour of the thrashers' franchise. of course, he's been hurt most of his career and average when he plays, but, still.

what about plekanec in montréal. seems to me he's been lighting it up the past month.

 
At 5:08 PM, January 16, 2008, Blogger Bruce said...

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At 5:19 PM, January 16, 2008, Blogger Bruce said...

Good stuff, James. As a suggestion this ratio-rendering reader would also like to see a column for GP; even though it should generally be 14 +/- 1 it can nonetheless skew a comparison between one guy with, say 15 GP and another with 12.

One remark from each list:

Ilya Kovalchuk: 19 points, -2, the only minus on the list. That pretty much sums it up for this guy, other than the important observation he has undeniably been leading his team and that his team leads it division. But it's a minus team in an all-minus division.

Nicklas Lidstrom: to me this guy is the best hockey player in the world and mid-season MVP with a silver bullet. 5 v 5 he's +55/-19 or +4.12/-1.42 per 60. In his remarkable 16-year career Lidstrom has never been "worse" than +7. He's amassed a career +373, and has surely been an immeasurable "plus player" during huge minutes on both special teams, all the while playing Lady Byng calibre hockey that rarely puts his team on the PK without him.

No surprises to find names like Brodeur, Hasek and Luongo 3-4-5 on the "hot keepers" list. I bet if you kept a running tally of this list over the course of their careers, they'd be on top of the list only occasionally, but somewhere on it almost constantly. Brodeur's been hot for what, 14 seasons now?

 
At 10:55 PM, January 16, 2008, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

At what point does Lidstrom enter the picture as one of the best defensemen of all time?

 
At 2:50 AM, January 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As for Lehtonen you should look at his stats and then determine how average he's been.

He plays behind a lousy team so maybe looking at his win-loss column would help a bit.
http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app?service=page&page=PlayerDetail&playerId=8470140&tab=crst

 
At 4:48 PM, January 17, 2008, Anonymous ChiCaps said...

presuming you're basing it on Dec 16 to Jan 14th Ovechkin has 16 points and is even +/-... (11g 5A)

 
At 5:00 PM, January 17, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Absolutely right — he was tied with 16 points but since it's called 30 in 30, I had to boot a few fellows out.

 

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