Thursday, June 26, 2008

Grading the free agents
Points per minute: forwards

Continuing the list, here's a look at potential free agent forwards sorted by points per 60 minutes of play at 5-on-5 (those marked in red are RFAs):


NAME POS TM GP TOI QUAL COMP P/60
1 MATSSUNDIN C TOR 74 13.9 0.08 2.74
2 MAREKSVATOS RW COL 62 10.8 -0.02 2.59
3 ANDREWBRUNETTE LW COL 82 12.3 0.01 2.56
4 WOJTEKWOLSKI LW COL 77 12.9 0.00 2.54
5 PAVOLDEMITRA RW MIN 68 13.6 -0.02 2.34
6 ANDREIKOSTITSYN RW MTL 78 12.2 0.02 2.33
7 COREYPERRY RW ANA 70 14.1 -0.03 2.25
8 SEANAVERY C NYR 57 13.1 0.06 2.25
9 MATTMOULSON LW L.A 22 11.1 0.00 2.21
10 MARTINSTRAKA LW NYR 65 13.2 0.02 2.17
11 NIGEL DAWES LW NYR 61 11.3 0.01 2.17
12 DANIELPAILLE LW BUF 77 11.2 -0.04 2.16
13 ANTOINEVERMETTE LW OTT 81 12.1 0.03 2.14
14 KRISTIANHUSELIUS LW CGY 81 13.3 -0.03 2.11
15 MARIANHOSSA RW PIT 72 13.7 0.04 2.07
16 RADIMVRBATA RW PHX 76 12.3 -0.02 2.06
17 JASONWILLIAMS RW CHI 43 11.5 0.04 2.06
18 PATRICKO'SULLIVAN RW L.A 82 13.2 0.01 2.05
19 P-M BOUCHARD RW MIN 81 12.6 -0.04 2.05
20 R.J.UMBERGER C CBJ 74 12.8 0.01 2.03
21 JOESAKIC C COL 44 13.7 0.07 1.99
22 JAYPANDOLFO LW N.J 54 13.4 0.16 1.99
23 CURTISGLENCROSS RW EDM 62 10.3 -0.05 1.97
24 LADISLAVNAGY LW L.A 38 10.5 -0.07 1.95
25 RYANMALONE LW PIT 77 12.8 0.04 1.94
26 ANTTIMIETTINEN RW DAL 69 11.2 -0.03 1.94
27 MIKHAILGRABOVSKI C MTL 24 10.3 0.00 1.94
28 CORYSTILLMAN LW OTT 79 13.4 0.05 1.93
29 TEEMUSELANNE RW ANA 26 13.2 -0.06 1.92
30 NIKLASHAGMAN LW DAL 82 10.7 0.00 1.91
31 RANDYROBITAILLE C OTT 68 11.6 0.00 1.83
32 CLARKEMACARTHUR LW BUF 37 12.5 0.09 1.82
33 JANHLAVAC LW NSH 80 13.2 0.07 1.81
34 JAROMIRJAGR RW NYR 82 15.4 0.04 1.80
35 MARKUSNASLUND LW VAN 82 13.1 -0.03 1.79
36 CRAIGCONROY C CGY 79 12.3 0.07 1.79
37 CHADLAROSE LW CAR 58 11.6 -0.03 1.78
38 GARYROBERTS LW PIT 38 10.9 -0.09 1.74
39 LOUIERIKSSON LW DAL 69 12.1 0.01 1.72
40 MARTINGELINAS LW NSH 57 11.6 0.02 1.72
42 DAVIDBACKES RW STL 72 11.9 0.05 1.68
43 STEVEBERNIER RW BUF 76 11.0 0.00 1.66
44 MIROSLAVSATAN RW NYI 80 13.2 0.00 1.65
45 SERGEIFEDOROV C WSH 68 11.8 -0.01 1.65
46 BRENDANSHANAHAN LW NYR 73 11.5 0.03 1.65
47 BRENDANMORRISON C VAN 39 10.4 -0.05 1.62
48 DANFRITSCHE RW CBJ 69 10.9 -0.02 1.60
49 KEITHAUCOIN C CAR 38 11.0 -0.14 1.58
50 JOSEFVASICEK C NYI 81 12.7 0.03 1.57
51 OWENNOLAN RW CGY 77 12.4 0.02 1.57
52 BOBBYHOLIK C ATL 82 12.7 0.03 1.56
53 DANIELCARCILLO LW PHX 57 10.8 -0.06 1.56
54 PAULGAUSTAD C BUF 82 12.4 -0.07 1.54
55 CHRISGRATTON C T.B 60 10.4 0.00 1.54
56 BRYANSMOLINSKI C MTL 64 10.4 0.07 1.54
57 ROSTISLAVOLESZ C FLA 56 11.9 -0.01 1.53
58 GLENMETROPOLIT C BOS 82 12.5 0.03 1.52
59 RUSLANFEDOTENKO LW NYI 67 13.2 0.06 1.50
60 VALTTERIFILPPULA C DET 78 13.0 0.00 1.47
61 MARTINRUCINSKY LW STL 40 11.2 0.01 1.47
62 PASCALDUPUIS LW PIT 78 12.1 0.02 1.46
63 MARTYREASONER C EDM 82 11.0 0.06 1.46
64 SEANBERGENHEIM LW NYI 78 10.5 0.02 1.46
65 BRANDONBOCHENSKI RW NSH 40 10.3 -0.06 1.46
66 MARKRECCHI RW ATL 72 13.2 0.01 1.45
67 DARCYTUCKER RW TOR 74 12.4 0.00 1.44
68 BRIANROLSTON C MIN 81 13.6 0.02 1.42
69 JAYMCCLEMENT C STL 81 11.2 0.05 1.39
70 MICHAELRYDER RW MTL 70 10.8 0.06 1.35
71 BRIANWILLSIE RW L.A 53 10.1 -0.03 1.35
72 DAVIDCLARKSON RW N.J 81 11.5 0.06 1.29
74 MATTSTAJAN C TOR 82 13.7 0.05 1.23
75 MATHIEUDARCHE LW T.B 73 12.1 0.04 1.23
76 DOMINICMOORE C TOR 68 11.5 -0.07 1.23
77 DOUGWEIGHT C ANA 67 11.0 -0.03 1.22
78 FREDRIKSJOSTROM RW NYR 69 10.0 -0.01 1.22
79 RENEBOURQUE LW CHI 62 11.3 0.03 1.20
80 BOYDGORDON C WSH 67 11.2 0.00 1.20
81 PATRICKRISSMILLER C S.J 79 10.7 0.03 1.20
82 BRADRICHARDSON C LA 22 11.6 0.09 1.18
83 MATTCOOKE C WSH 78 11.2 -0.03 1.17
84 PATRICKTHORESEN C PHI 38 11.0 0.03 1.15
85 MICHAELPECA C CBJ 65 12.4 0.07 1.12
86 MIKEJOHNSON RW STL 21 10.3 0.01 1.11
87 DAVIDVYBORNY RW CBJ 66 10.7 0.03 1.10
88 STEPHANEVEILLEUX LW MIN 77 12.1 0.10 1.09
89 STUBARNES C DAL 79 10.5 0.02 1.09
90 BRADISBISTER LW VAN 55 10.1 0.05 1.08
91 RYANBAYDA LW CAR 31 11.1 -0.14 1.05
92 JOELPERRAULT C PHX 49 11.8 0.02 1.04
93 RYANJOHNSON C STL 79 10.2 -0.01 0.97
94 NIKOKAPANEN C PHX 79 10.8 -0.03 0.91
95 MATHIASTJARNQVIST RW PHX 78 10.4 0.03 0.81
96 JARRETSTOLL C EDM 81 10.8 0.09 0.76
97 MARCELHOSSA C PHX 50 11.3 0.01 0.75
98 CODYMCCORMICK RW COL 40 10.4 -0.09 0.58

Tyler Dellow got into this a bit in a post on his site, but Sundin is about as good as it gets when it comes to producing offence. Those are very strong numbers, and he plays against the other team's top defenders every night.

The Leafs will definitely miss him.

Also right up there are a trio of Avalanche players, although only Brunette is likely to be up for grabs. Other than perhaps Perry, O'Sullivan or Filppula, I can't foresee any RFA forwards coming close to receiving an offer sheet.

Underrated UFAs we haven't heard a lot of attention given to so far: Huselius, Vrbata, Williams, Pandolfo (one of the league's top defensive players) and even perhaps someone like Gelinas in a supporting role.

In general, however, outside of say the top dozen players here, there's not a ton of offensive talent. And that's good news for Hossa, Sundin, Straka, Avery, Malone, Stillman, Hagman, Jagr, Naslund, Shanahan, Morrison and Rolston.

Even the likes of Ryder and Vyborny, offensive players who had awful seasons, will get a chance to play a leading role somewhere.
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4 Comments:

At 9:20 AM, June 26, 2008, Blogger Rorschach said...

I would have thought Brooks Laich would be on this list but I guess a disproportionate amount of his points came on the power play.

 
At 11:07 AM, June 26, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

Imagine what Sundin and Andrei Kostitsyn could do together....

 
At 12:19 PM, June 26, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can take Martin Straka out of UFA list. He signed his retirement deal in his home country. He is going to play for his old team (which I forgot).

Ottawa didn't like Straka or Demitra but both had great NHL careers.

 
At 10:15 AM, June 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad you are not a GM You actually rate Hossa below Demitra Brunette and Avery. Sometimes you have to think outside the box. Stats do not tell the whole story

 

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