Cullen: Wrapping Up the NHL Regular Season

Scott Cullen
4/14/2010 5:14:30 PM
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Before the playoffs begin, it's time to reward those who were best in the NHL Regular Season.  I have awards, stats and all-star teams for the 2009-2010 NHL season.

Alexander Ovechkin, LW, Washington
Runners-Up: Henrik Sedin, C, Vancouver; Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh

I can't argue too strongly against giving it to Henrik Sedin either, but Ovechkin's production has just been so much better than anyone else in the league that I'm inclined to give it to him even though he's missed ten games.

Mike Green, Washington
Runners-Up: Duncan Keith, Chicago; Drew Doughty, Los Angeles

Green's production is so rare that, offensively-driven or not, it deserves recognition.  Ray Bourque in 1995-1996 was the last defenceman to average a point-per-game and have a rating higher than plus-30.

Ryan Miller, Buffalo
Runners-Up: Ilya Bryzgalov, Phoenix; Martin Brodeur, New Jersey

Bryzgalov closed the gap as the season went along, but Miller's still head of the class.

Jimmy Howard, G, Detroit
Runners-Up: Tyler Myers, D, Buffalo; Matt Duchene, C, Colorado

Won't argue against Myers, because his season was phenomenal, but Howard backstopped the Red Wings on a nightly basis and I'm not projecting to the future here, just trying to reward the best 2009-2010 season.

Jonathan Toews, C, Chicago
Runners-Up: Ryan Kesler, C, Vancouver; Wayne Simmonds, RW, Los Angeles

Could easily include Jordan Staal or Travis Zajac in the mix too, but these guys play both ends of the rink really well.

Winner: Dave Tippett, Phoenix
Runners-Up: Joe Sacco, Colorado; Cory Clouston, Ottawa

Tippett ought to be a shoo-in, but I'm sick about not including Barry Trotz for consideration too.  The people of Ottawa hate me enough for the whole Power Rankings thing, so I could have just gone all-in and ignored Clouston, but I think he's taken the Sens to a loftier finish than their talent suggests.

C- Henrik Sedin, Vancouver
LW- Alexander Ovechkin, Washington
RW- Marian Gaborik, N.Y. Rangers
D- Mike Green, Washington
D- Duncan Keith, Chicago
G- Ryan Miller, Buffalo

C- Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh
LW- Daniel Sedin, Vancouver
RW- Patrick Kane, Chicago
D- Drew Doughty, Los Angeles
D- Chris Pronger, Philadelphia
G- Ilya Bryzgalov, Phoenix

C- Nicklas Backstrom, Washington
LW- Zach Parise, New Jersey
RW- Alexander Semin, Washington
D- Dan Boyle, San Jose
D- Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit
G- Martin Brodeur, New Jersey

C- Matt Duchene, Colorado
LW- Jamie Benn, Dallas
RW- Niclas Bergfors, Atlanta
D- Tyler Myers, Buffalo
D- Michael Del Zotto, N.Y. Rangers
G- Jimmy Howard, Detroit

On to some stats leaders...

Average Time On Ice Per Game
Leaders (Minimum 60 games)
Joni Pitkanen, D, Carolina - 27:23
Duncan Keith, D, Chicago - 26:36
Scott Niedermayer, D, Anaheim - 26:30
Dan Boyle, D, San Jose - 26:13
Chris Pronger, D, Philadelphia - 25:56
Jay Bouwmeester, D, Calgary - 25:55
Nicklas Lidstrom, D, Detroit - 25:35
Mark Streit, D, N.Y. Islanders - 25:42
Mike Green, D, Washington - 25:29
Francois Beauchemin, D, Toronto - 25:28

Forward Leaders (Minimum 60 games)
Ilya Kovalchuk, LW, New Jersey - 22:02
Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh - 21:57
Martin St. Louis, RW, Tampa Bay - 21:48
Alexander Ovechkin, LW, Washington - 21:48
Anze Kopitar, C, Los Angeles - 21:47
Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim - 21:40
Paul Stastny, C, Colorado - 21:24
Marian Gaborik, RW, N.Y. Rangers - 21:15
Patrick Marleau, C, San Jose - 21:13
Corey Perry, RW, Anaheim - 21:03

Trailers (Minimum 60 games)
Raitis Ivanans, LW, Los Angeles - 4:54
Eric Boulton, LW, Atlanta - 6:51
Colton Orr, RW, Toronto - 6:52
Krys Barch, RW, Dallas - 7:03
Jared Boll, RW, Columbus - 7:12
Rick Rypien, RW, Vancouver - 7:15
Brandon Prust, LW, N.Y. Rangers - 7:36
Rod Pelley, C, New Jersey - 7:52
Zenon Konopka, C, Tampa Bay - 8:08
Ben Eager, LW, Chicago - 8:20

I still think Prust deserves more playing time. He was getting it with the Rangers, up to 9:20 per game, and had nine points and a plus-3 rating in 26 games with the Blueshirts.

Cal Clutterbuck, RW, Minnesota - 318
Dustin Brown, RW, Los Angeles - 287
Ryan Callahan, RW, N.Y. Rangers - 285
Stephane Robidas, D, Dallas - 269
David Backes, RW, St. Louis - 266
Brooks Orpik, D, Pittsburgh - 255
Steve Ott, LW, Dallas - 251
Chris Neil, RW, Ottawa - 245
Matt Greene, D, Los Angeles - 238
Douglas Murray, D, San Jose - 233

Trailers (Minimum 60 games)
Daniel Sedin, LW, Vancouver - 8
Phil Kessel, RW, Toronto - 13
Henrik Sedin, C, Vancouver - 13
Dean McAmmond, C, New Jersey - 14
Kristian Huselius, LW, Columbus - 15
Brad Richards, C, Dallas - 16
Radim Vrbata, RW, Phoenix - 17
Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago - 17
Niclas Bergfors, RW, Atlanta - 18
Mike Cammalleri, LW, Montreal - 18

Blocked Shots
Dennis Seidenberg, D, Boston - 215
Andy Sutton, D, Ottawa - 204
Keith Ballard, D, Florida - 201
Greg Zanon, D, Minnesota - 196
Chris Pronger, D, Philadelphia - 189
Dan Girardi, D, N.Y. Rangers - 180
Stephane Robidas, D, Dallas - 177
Anton Volchenkov, D, Ottawa - 172
Kimmo Timonen, D, Philadelphia - 168
Tom Gilbert, D, Edmonton - 165

Trailers (Minimum 60 games)
Daniel Sedin, LW, Vancouver - 3
Raitis Ivanans, LW, Los Angeles - 4
Ben Eager, RW, Chicago - 6
Niclas Bergfors, RW, New Jersey - 6
Tomas Holmstrom, RW, Detroit - 7
Chris Neil, RW, Ottawa - 8
Teddy Purcell, RW, Tampa Bay - 8
Eric Boulton, LW, Atlanta - 10
Six tied at 11

Fighting Majors (according to
Zenon Konopka, C, Tampa Bay - 33
Brandon Prust, LW, N.Y. Rangers - 25
Ian Laperriere, RW, Philadelphia - 25
Matt Carkner, D, Ottawa - 24
Colton Orr, RW, Toronto - 23
Jared Boll, RW, Columbus - 21
Shawn Thornton, RW, Boston - 21
Krys Barch, LW, Dallas - 20
George Parros, RW, Anaheim - 20
Paul Bissonnette, LW, Phoenix - 19

Minutes Per Point 
Leaders (Minimum 60 games)
Daniel Sedin, LW, Vancouver - 14:10
Alexander Ovechkin, LW, Washington - 14:23
Henrik Sedin, C, Vancouver - 14:24
Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh - 16:18
Nicklas Backstrom, C, Washington - 16:36
Alexander Semin, RW, Washington - 16:37
Joe Thornton, C, San Jose - 17:37
Steven Stamkos, C, Tampa Bay - 17:44
Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago - 17:53
Evgeni Malkin, C, Pittsburgh - 18:08

Not bad for Malkin, considering this was a down season.

Trailing Defencemen (Minimum 60 games)
Matt Walker, D, Tampa Bay - 213:17
Jason Strudwick, D, Edmonton - 203:14
Nicklas Grossman, D, Dallas - 194:38
Niclas Wallin, D, San Jose - 173:15
Josh Gorges, D, Montreal - 172:19

Trailing Forwards (Minimum 60 games)
Raitis Ivanans - 0:00
James Sheppard, C, Minnesota - 127:54
Zenon Konopka, C, Tampa Bay - 120:27
Stephane Veilleux, LW, Tampa Bay - 105:07
Brian Boyle, C, N.Y. Rangers - 99:40

Leaders (Minimum 400 Faceoffs)
Manny Malhotra, San Jose - 62.5%
Zenon Konopka, Tampa Bay - 62.3%
Scott Nichol, San Jose - 60.6%
David Steckel, Washington - 59.2%
Jim Slater, Atlanta - 58.9%
Rod Brind'Amour, Carolina - 58.8%
Joe Pavelski, San Jose - 58.1%
Patrice Bergeron, Boston - 58.0%
Paul Gaustad, Buffalo - 57.4%
Jonathan Toews, Chicago - 57.4%

San Jose dominates in the circle.  Is that enough to get them over the hump in the playoffs?

Trailers (Minimum 400 Faceoffs)
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh - 40.0%
Josh Bailey, N.Y. Islanders - 40.1%
Derick Brassard, Columbus - 41.8%
Eric Staal, Carolina - 41.8%
Patrik Berglund, St. Louis - 41.8%
Nik Antropov, Atlanta - 43.4%
Daymond Langkow, Calgary - 43.5%
Patrik Berglund, St. Louis - 43.7%
Craig Adams, Pittsburgh - 43.7%
Matt Duchene, Colorado - 44.0%

Tyler Myers, D, Buffalo - 94
Joe Thornton, C, San Jose - 88
Roman Hamrlik, D, Montreal - 86
Jaroslav Spacek, D, Montreal - 81
Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh - 77
John Tavares, C, N.Y. Islanders - 77
Tom Gilbert, D, Edmonton - 76
Hal Gill, D, Montreal - 76
Chris Phillips, D, Ottawa - 76
Alexander Ovechkin, LW, Washington - 76

Pavel Datsyuk, C, Detroit - 132
Ryan Kesler, C, Vancouver - 83
Kyle Okposo, RW, N.Y. Islanders - 78
Daniel Alfredsson, RW, Ottawa - 76
Mark Streit, D, N.Y. Islanders - 76
Joe Thornton, C, San Jose - 71
Jamie Benn, LW, Dallas - 70
Ryan O'Reilly, C, Colorado - 69
Jonathan Toews, C, Chicago - 69
Alex Burrows, RW, Vancouver - 68

And, by special request, Giveaway-Takeaway Differential
Pavel Datsyuk, C, Detroit, Plus-59
Ryan Kesler, C, Vancouver, Plus-55
Alex Burrows, RW, Vancouver, Plus-45
Jonathan Toews, C, Chicago, Plus-45
Chris Drury, C, N.Y. Rangers, Plus-41
Sean Bergenheim, LW, N.Y. Islanders, Plus-41
Brandon Sutter, C, Carolina, Plus-39
Colby Armstrong, RW, Atlanta, Plus-39
Marty Reasoner, C, Atlanta, Plus-39
Ryan Callahan, RW, N.Y. Rangers, Plus-38
Ryan O'Reilly, C, Colorado, Plus-38

Leading Defencemen:
Freddy Meyer, D, N.Y. Islanders, Plus-18
Pavel Kubina, D, Atlanta, Plus-18
Andrew MacDonald, D, N.Y. Islanders, Plus-18
Jack Hillen, D, N.Y. Islanders, Plus-16
Kyle Cumiskey, D, Colorado, Plus-14

I know they're going with a more mobile unit, after shedding Brendan Witt and Andy Sutton, but do Islanders defencemen not give the puck away at all?

Tyler Myers, D, Buffalo, Minus-64
Hal Gill, D, Montreal, Minus-59
Roman Hamrlik, D, Montreal, Minus-58
Drew Doughty, D, Los Angeles, Minus-53
Brian Rafalski, D, Detroit, Minus-48
Ryan Whitney, D, Edmonton, Minus-48
Denis Grebeshkov, D, Nashville, Minus-47
Tomas Kaberle, D, Toronto, Minus-47
Chris Phillips, D, Ottawa, Minus-46
Jaroslav Spacek, D, Montreal, Minus-44

There's no doubt that Montreal's defencemen give the puck away and it's recorded for all to see.

Trailing Forwards:
Ilya Kovalchuk, LW, New Jersey, Minus-39
Alex Kovalev, RW, Ottawa, Minus-37
Steve Sullivan, RW, Nashville, Minus-34
Todd Bertuzzi, LW, Detroit, Minus-34
Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh, Minus-34

Some advanced stat breakdowns from

Penalty Differential (Drawn Minus Taken)
Dustin Brown, RW, Los Angeles - Plus-36
Patrick Kaleta, RW, Buffalo - Plus-27
Zach Parise, LW, New Jersey - Plus-26
Pavel Datsyuk, C, Detroit - Plus-26
Daniel Carcillo, LW, Philadelphia - Plus-24
Niklas Hagman, LW, Calgary - Plus-24
Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago - Plus-21
Martin St. Louis, RW, Tampa Bay - Plus-21
Ryan Kesler, C, Vancouver - Plus-20
Mike Richards, C, Philadelphia - Plus-20

Robyn Regehr, D, Calgary - Minus-22
Hal Gill, D, Montreal - Minus-22
Pavel Kubina, D, Atlanta - Minus-21
Andy Sutton, D, Ottawa - Minus-21
Joni Pitkanen, D, Carolina - Minus-20
Shane O'Brien, D, Vancouver - Minus-18
Aaron Ward, D, Anaheim - Minus-18
Colton Orr, RW, Toronto - Minus-18
Mike Commodore, D, Columbus - Mminus-17
Christoph Schubert, D, Atlanta - Minus-17

5-on-5 Goal Differential Per 60 Minutes (Minimum 60 games)
Alexander Ovechkin, LW, Washington - 2.79
Daniel Sedin, LW, Vancouver - 2.63
Jeff Schultz, D, Washington - 2.62
Nicklas Backstrom, C, Washington - 2.17
Mike Green, D, Washington - 2.12
Alexander Semin, C, Washington - 2.06
Henrik Sedin, C, Vancouver - 1.98
Mike Knuble, RW, Washington - 1.90
Eric Fehr, RW, Washington - 1.75
Mark Fistric, D, Dallas - 1.70

Just one example of the Capitals' dominance this season.

Patrick O'Sullivan, LW, Edmonton - Minus-1.93
Rod Brind'Amour, C, Carolina - Minus-1.81
Raitis Ivanans, LW, Los Angeles - Minus-1.62
Shawn Horcoff, C, Edmonton - Minus-1.60
Ryan Potulny, C, Edmonton - Minus-1.51
Nate Thompson, C, Tampa Bay - Minus-1.40
Ethan Moreau, LW, Edmonton - Minus-1.38
Kyle Chipchura, C, Anaheim - Minus-1.32
Kyle Okposo, RW, N.Y. Islanders - Minus-1.29
Todd Marchant, C, Anaheim - Minus-1.26

And an example of the Oilers' struggles.

5-on-5 Shot Differential Per 60 Minutes (Minimum 60 games)
Patrick Sharp, RW, Chicago - 11.3
Peter Regin, C, Ottawa - 11.2
Brian Campbell, D, Chicago - 11.1
Tomas Kopecky, RW, Chicago - 11.1
Colin Fraser, C, Chicago - 11.0
Jonathan Toews, C, Chicago - 10.9
Alexei Ponikarovsky, RW, Pittsburgh - 10.3
Jonathan Cheechoo, RW, Ottawa - 10.1
Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago - 10.0
Duncan Keith, D, Chicago - 9.9

The Blackhawks control play as well as any team.

Ethan Moreau, LW, Edmonton - Minus-10.8
Todd Marchant, C, Anaheim - Minus-9.5
Maxim Lapierre, C, Montreal - Minus-9.1
Zack Stortini, LW, Edmonton - Minus-9.1
Steve Eminger, D, Anaheim - Minus-9.0
Jason Strudwick, D, Edmonton - Minus-9.0
Kamil Kreps, C, Florida - Minus-8.6
Keith Ballard, D, Florida - Minus-8.0
Adam Foote, D, Colorado - Minus-8.0
Mike Brown, LW, Anaheim  Minus-7.9

Again, Edmonton does not.

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