Thursday, June 26, 2008

Grading the free agents
Points per minute: defencemen

Following up on Wednesday's post about the top point-per-minute forwards, here's a similar list for blueliners based on 5-on-5 play from last season (restricted free agents in red).

For no particular reason, I kept Mark Streit in this group despite the fact he played all season at even strength as a forward. It's expected he'll want to sign somewhere as a full-time blueliner this summer:


NAME TEAM GP TOI/60 QUAL COMP PTS/60
1 MARKSTREIT MTL 81 11.3 -0.01 1.57
2 BRIANCAMPBELL S.J 83 17.2 -0.03 1.13
3 MIKEGREEN WSH 82 17.8 0.02 1.11
4 JEFFWOYWITKA STL 27 14.1 -0.14 1.10
5 RYANO'BYRNE MTL 33 12.6 -0.02 1.01
6 MAGNUSJOHANSSON FLA 45 11.9 -0.08 1.00
7 ANDREWWOZNIEWSKI TOR 48 11.2 -0.04 1.00
8 RANDYJONES PHI 71 13.6 -0.05 0.99
9 MAREKMALIK NYR 42 15.8 0.06 0.91
10 JAYBOUWMEESTER FLA 82 19.0 0.12 0.89
11 KEVINDALLMAN L.A 34 11.9 -0.09 0.89
12 MIKECOMMODORE OTT 67 14.3 0.01 0.87
13 ROBBLAKE L.A 71 14.8 0.09 0.86
14 KARELRACHUNEK N.J 47 14.8 -0.04 0.86
15 WADEREDDEN OTT 80 16.0 -0.02 0.85
16 JONIPITKANEN EDM 63 16.9 0.03 0.84
17 CHRISCHELIOS DET 69 12.4 -0.09 0.84
18 BRETHEDICAN CAR 66 15.8 0.03 0.81
19 ANDREJMESZAROS OTT 82 15.5 0.00 0.80
20 PETERHARROLD L.A 25 15.1 -0.05 0.80
21 KEITHCARNEY MIN 61 12.4 -0.12 0.79
22 KURTISFOSTER MIN 56 12.7 -0.10 0.76
23 MICHALROZSIVAL NYR 80 16.9 0.05 0.75
24 JEFFFINGER COL 72 16.1 -0.06 0.73
25 CHRISTIANEHRHOFF S.J 77 15.9 0.05 0.73
26 PAULMARA NYR 61 13.5 0.00 0.73
27 JASSENCULLIMORE FLA 65 15.0 -0.04 0.68
28 BRADSTUART DET 72 14.8 -0.04 0.68
29 DENNISWIDEMAN BOS 81 17.6 0.04 0.67
30 ANDREASLILJA DET 79 14.7 -0.01 0.67
31 AARONMILLER VAN 57 14.2 -0.11 0.67
32 ALEXEISEMENOV S.J 22 12.2 -0.04 0.67
33 SANDISOZOLINSH S.J 39 11.6 -0.09 0.66
34 BRUNOGERVAIS NYI 60 14.4 0.02 0.63
35 DENNISSEIDENBERG CAR 47 14.1 0.01 0.63
36 BRYANBERARD NYI 54 12.8 -0.03 0.61
37 VILLEKOISTINEN NSH 48 12.6 -0.07 0.60
38 LUKERICHARDSON OTT 76 11.8 -0.09 0.60
39 JAMESVANDERMEER CGY 75 15.0 -0.05 0.59
40 JOHN-MICHAELLILES COL 81 14.3 -0.08 0.57
41 PETTERINUMMELIN MIN 27 11.9 -0.15 0.56
42 STEVEEMINGER PHI 20 10.7 -0.11 0.56
43 JOSHGORGES MTL 62 14.2 -0.01 0.55
44 BRYCESALVADOR N.J 64 15.6 0.09 0.54
45 DICKTARNSTROM CBJ 48 13.8 -0.05 0.54
46 NOLANPRATT BUF 55 12.2 -0.16 0.54
47 BROOKSORPIK PIT 78 14.9 -0.04 0.52
48 SEANHILL MIN 35 13.5 -0.12 0.51
49 ANDREIZYUZIN CHI 32 11.2 -0.08 0.50
50 JASONSMITH PHI 77 14.5 -0.03 0.48
51 DMITRIKALININ BUF 46 13.6 -0.11 0.48
52 STEVEMCCARTHY ATL 55 13.9 -0.10 0.47
53 ADAMFOOTE COL 75 17.3 0.15 0.46
54 KURTSAUER COL 54 15.0 0.12 0.44
55 JORDANHENDRY CHI 40 14.3 0.01 0.42
56 PATRICEBRISEBOIS MTL 43 13.2 -0.03 0.42
57 BRANISLAVMEZEI FLA 57 12.6 -0.03 0.42
58 RONHAINSEY CBJ 78 15.5 0.00 0.35
59 MARKEATON PIT 36 14.6 0.02 0.34
60 SHAONEMORRISONN WSH 76 16.1 0.03 0.29
61 MARKPOPOVIC ATL 33 13.8 -0.08 0.26
62 JAROSLAVMODRY PHI 80 15.2 0.01 0.25
63 MATTJONES PHX 45 12.8 -0.10 0.21
64 AARONJOHNSON NYI 30 11.2 -0.04 0.18
65 DAVIDHALE CGY 58 12.7 -0.07 0.16
66 ROBDAVISON NYI 34 12.0 -0.02 0.15
67 MATTWALKER STL 43 13.3 -0.02 0.10
68 JASONSTRUDWICK NYR 52 11.8 -0.05 0.10
69 MIKEWEAVER VAN 55 12.2 -0.05 0.09

Not as great of a list given (a) defencemen don't score the majority of their points at even strength and (b) some of the more valuable members of the free agent blueliners club are far down the list.

Still, this gives you an idea of why guys like Campbell and Green are highly coveted.
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3 Comments:

At 10:28 PM, June 26, 2008, Blogger Ray Felix, III said...

A couple Wild D-men who aren't available:

#22 - Kurtis Foster is rehabbing his broken femur and probably won't play next year, the Wild have said they're going to re-sign him, but I haven't seen the announcement.

#41 - P. Nummelin is playing in Europe next year (signed a contract in May)

 
At 10:32 PM, June 26, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Thanks Ray. I just took the Behind The Net numbers and cross referenced it with the full free agency list, so everybody's in here.

 
At 10:40 AM, June 27, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe a plug like Commodore is sitting in the 12th spot..

 

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