Tuesday, February 05, 2008

The NHL's 'most improved' club

Players who have bettered their points-per-game average from last season the most:



2006-07 2007-08


Name Tm Pts PPG Pts PPG
Dif
1 Mike Richards PHI 32 0.542 57 1.118
0.575
2 Joffrey Lupul PHI 28 0.346 35 0.897
0.552
3 Jason Williams CHI 32 0.410 19 0.950
0.540
4 R.J. Umberger PHI 28 0.346 36 0.735
0.389
5 Mike Ribeiro DAL 59 0.728 59 1.113
0.385
6 Nikolai Zherdev COB 32 0.451 45 0.833
0.383
7 Matt Cullen CAR 41 0.513 39 0.886
0.374
8 Ryan Getzlaf ANA 58 0.707 58 1.074
0.367
9 Radim Vrbata PHO 41 0.532 40 0.851
0.319
10 Tomas Plekanec MON 47 0.580 47 0.887
0.307
11 Shawn Horcoff EDM 51 0.638 50 0.943
0.306
12 Ilya Kovalchuk ATL 76 0.927 64 1.231
0.304
13 Henrik Zetterberg DET 68 1.079 65 1.383
0.304
14 Patrick Sharp CHI 35 0.438 37 0.740
0.303
15 Brad Boyes STL 46 0.568 44 0.863
0.295
16 Daniel Alfredsson OTT 87 1.130 68 1.417
0.287
17 Corey Perry ANA 44 0.537 46 0.821
0.285
18 Alexei Kovalev MON 47 0.644 49 0.925
0.281
19 Jere Lehtinen DAL 43 0.589 20 0.870
0.281
20 Antti Miettinen DAL 25 0.338 27 0.614
0.276
21 Vaclav Prospal TAM 55 0.671 50 0.943
0.273
22 Jiri Hudler DET 25 0.329 32 0.593
0.264
23 Cory Stillman CAR 27 0.628 45 0.865
0.237
24 Dustin Brown LOS 46 0.568 41 0.788
0.221
25 Jaroslav Spacek BUF 21 0.323 21 0.538
0.215
26 Brent Burns MIN 25 0.325 28 0.538
0.214
27 Shane Doan PHO 55 0.753 49 0.961
0.207
28 Mark Streit MON 36 0.474 36 0.679
0.206
29 Pavel Kubina TOR 21 0.344 24 0.545
0.201
30 Alexander Ovechkin WAS 92 1.122 70 1.321
0.199

It's pretty impressive Ovechkin can sneak onto this list despite putting up 92 points last year.

Three Flyers take up three of the four top spots: The most improved team with a lot of the most improved players. And losing Jason Williams to injury has been a big blow for the Blackhawks.

A few other players of interest on this list:

Zherdev's finally becoming a top-flight scorer in Columbus, and a lot of the credit there has to go to GM Scott Howson and coach Ken Hitchcock for mending fences in the off-season.

The Ducks would be in big trouble if Getzlaf was a 58-point player again.

Zetterberg's slowed down since his early, 60-goal pace, but he's still headed for a big year if he can stay healthy.

Miettinen's very quietly had a nice breakout campaign for Dallas, which suddenly has some scoring depth.

And Doan's at long last headed for that big year everyone's waited 13 years for. Eighty points really isn't out of the realm of possibility.

I'll have the 'biggest disappointments' list up in the near future.

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1 Comments:

At 1:17 PM, February 05, 2008, Anonymous Alfie For Hart said...

I think the player to look at closely is Daniel alfredsson. After putting up 87 points last year, he is ranked 16th in improvements. all at the age of 35 while making it to the finals last year. no rest, older but still improving and playing at a high level..HART

 

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