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Backchecking: Digging Deep, Then Crossing the Pond

Scott Cullen
3/6/2009 7:09:15 PM
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Before getting into a tour of the European leagues, and the more recognizable names to NHL fans, I did some digging at one of my favourite sites www.behindthenet.ca to examine some of the stats that go a little deeper than the standard goals, assists and plus-minus.

The site does terrific work pulling information from data feeds in order to measure what players do in 5-on-5 situations, so I pulled apart the numbers to come up with the following:

First, in an effort to see who has the puck in the opposing end most often relative to the opposition,

Top 20 in Shot Differential per 60 minutes (minimum 25 games)
1. Sergei Fedorov, C, Washington - 14.8
2. James Wisniewski, D, Anaheim - 12.4
3. Johan Franzen, LW, Detroit - 11.6
4. Eric Fehr, RW, WAshington - 11.6
5. Brad Lukowich, D, San Jose - 10.9
6. Jiri Hudler, RW, Detroit - 10.7
7. Justin Williams, RW, Los Angeles - 10.5
8. Alexander Semin, RW, Washington - 10.3
9. Marian Hossa, LW, Detroit - 10.3
10. Joe Pavelski, C, San Jose - 10.3
11. Alexei Semenov, D, San Jose - 10.1
12. Ryane Clowe, RW, San Jose - 10.0
13. Dan Boyle, D, San Jose - 10.0
14. Henrik Zetterberg, LW, Detroit - 9.9
15. Niklas Kronwall, D, Detroit - 9.8
16. Milan Michalek, LW, San Jose - 9.6
17. Martin Havlat, RW, Chicago - 9.3
18. Eric Staal, C, Carolina - 9.3
19. Mikael Samuelsson, RW, Detroit - 9.2
20. Pavel Datsyuk, C, Detroit - 8.7
20. Andrew Ladd, LW, Chicago - 8.7
20. Marc Staal, D, N.Y. Rangers - 8.7

Top Rookie: Antti Pihlstrom, LW, Nashville - 6.6

Notes: Fehr and Hudler both average under 14 minutes of ice time per game...San Jose's second line (Pavelski, Clowe, Michalek) is represented...Wisniewski and Williams were both traded at the deadline...brothers Eric and Marc Staal both made the list...Stunning that Pihlstrom (six points, minus-2 in 41 games) would be top rookie in this category.

Bottom 10 in Shot Differential per 60 minutes (minimum 25 games)
10. Yan Stastny, C, St. Louis - -10.5
9. Gary Roberts, LW, Tampa Bay - -10.6
8. Darcy Hordichuk, LW, Vancouver - -10.8
7. Craig Weller, RW, Minnesota - -10.9
6. Derek Boogaard, LW, Minnesota - -11.0
5. Ryan Johnson, C, Vancouver - -11.1
4. Nick Tarnasky, C, Florida - -11.2
3. Rob Niedermayer, RW, Anaheim - -11.3
2. Eric Godard, RW, Pittsburgh - -11.9
1. Erik Reitz, D, Toronto - -12.1

Then, to see who is actually producing with those shots on goal, relative to their opposition,

Top 20 in Goal Differential per 60 minutes (minimum 25 games)
1. Alexander Semin, RW, Washington - 2.77
2. Aaron Johnson, D, Chicago - 2.73
3. Derick Brassard, C, Columbus - 2.57
4. Blake Wheeler, LW, Boston - 2.40
5. David Krejci, C, Boston - 2.36
6. Michael Ryder, RW, Boston - 2.33
7. Tomas Holmstrom, RW, Detroit - 2.13
8. Pavel Datsyuk, C, Detroit - 2.12
9. Marc Savard, C, Boston - 2.08
10. Travis Zajac, C, New Jersey -  1.74
11. Patrik Berglund, C, St. Louis - 1.69
12. Andrew Ladd, LW, Chicago - 1.69
13. Rene Bourque, LW, Calgary - 1.69
14. Simon Gagne, LW, Philadelphia - 1.68
15. Adam Burish, C, Chicago - 1.67
16. Bobby Ryan, LW, Anaheim - 1.66
17. Sergei Fedorov, C, Washington - 1.61
18. Phil Kessel, RW, Boston - 1.61
19. Zach Parise, LW, New Jersey - 1.61
20. Evgeni Malkin, C, Pittsburgh - 1.61

Top Rookie: Brassard, ahead of three other rookies in the Top 20

Notes: Boston's second line (Krejci, Wheeler, Ryder) takes three of the top six spots...a couple of Blackhawks depth players, Johnson and Burish, crack the list too...with the results in shots for/against considered as well, Sergei Fedorov appears to be having a significant impact when he's on the ice for the Capitals.

Bottom 10 in Goal Differential per 60 minutes (minimum 25 games)
10. Colton Orr, RW, N.Y. Rangers - -2.15
10. Tim Jackman, RW, N.Y. Islanders - -2.15
9. Georges Laraque, RW, Montreal - -2.17
8. Andreas Nodl, RW, Philadelphia - -2.22
7. Gary Roberts, LW, Tampa Bay - -2.22
6. Enver Lisin, RW, Phoenix - -2.25
5. Mike Brown, RW, Anaheim - -2.28
4. Brendan Witt, D, N.Y. Islanders - 2.45
3. Freddy Meyer, D, N.Y. Islanders - -2.52
2. Derek Armstrong, C, Los Angeles - -2.56
1. Ryan Hollweg, RW, Toronto - -2.62

Finally, to give some credit to those guys whose plus-minus is substantially better than their teammates,

Top 20 in Plus-Minus, Compared to Team Plus-Minus per 60 Minutes (minimum 25 games)
1. Derick Brassard, C, Columbus - 2.80
2. Alexander Semin, RW, Washington - 2.69
3. Patrik Berglund, C, St. Louis - 2.68
4. Aaron Johnson, D, Chicago - 2.33
5. Bobby Ryan, LW, Anaheim - 2.17
6. Pavel Datsyuk, C, Detorit - 2.10
7. Evgeni Malkin, C, Pittsburgh - 1.95
8. Rene Bourque, LW, Calgary - 1.95
9. Simon Gagne, LW, Philadelpia - 1.91
10. Tomas Holmstrom, RW, Detroit - 1.90
11. Stephen Weiss, C, Florida - 1.89
12. Steve Montador, D, Boston - 1.82
13. Blake Wheeler, LW, Boston - 1.71
14. Sergei Fedorov, C, Washington - 1.71
15. Ken Klee, D, Phoenix - 1.70
16. Jason Chimera, LW, Columbus - 1.70
17. David Krejci, C, Boston - 1.68
18. T.J. Oshie, RW, St. Louis - 1.67
19. Joe Thornton, C, San Jose - 1.65
20. Ryan Malone, LW, Tampa Bay - 1.64
20. Mark Streit, D, N.Y. Islanders - 1.64

Top Rookie: Brassard, ahead of four other rookies in Top  20

Notes: Heck of a year for Brassard before it was cut short...same goes for Bourque, who had a breakthrough season in Calgary...Who would have guessed that Montador and Klee would make the list?  Good to see a couple of underrated yet good, honest two-way players like Stephen Weiss and Jason Chimera on the list as well.

Bottom 10 in Plus-Minus, Compared to Team Plus-Minus per 60 Minutes (minimum 25 games)
10. Enver Lisin, RW, Phoenix - -2.13
9. Rob Niedermayer, RW, Anaheim - -2.15
8. Travis Moen, LW, Anaheim - -2.18
7. Colton Orr, RW, N.Y. Rangers - -2.20
6. Derek Armstrong, C, Los Angeles - -2.21
5. Kris Draper, C, Detroit - -2.47
4. Gary Roberts, LW, Tampa Bay - -2.58
3. Ryan Hollweg, RW, Toronto - -2.80
2. Mike Brown, RW, Anaheim - -2.86
1. Andreas Nodl, RW, Philadelphia - -3.44

Okay, now for something a little different, I looked through some of the European pro leagues to see what some of the more high-profile players (mostly ex-NHLers, some prospects/'09 draft eligibles) have done this season.  Catch up with some names from the past.  Yes, they're still playing!

Austria
Klagenfurt

Mike Craig, 25-24-49, 78 PIM in 54 games 

Jeff Shantz, 17-31-48, 78 PIM in 53 games

Sean Brown, 14-21-35, 119 PIM in 53 games

Innsbruck
Rem Murray, 29-34-53, 50 PIM in 54 games

Ljubljana Olimpija
Todd Elik, 12-35-47, 76 PIM in 46 games

Czech League
Ceske Budejovice HC

Roman Turek

Slavia Praha
Josef Beranek, 15-27-42, minus-3, 36 PIM in 50 games

Milan Kraft, 2-4-6, minus-6, 2 PIM in 21 games

Liberec Bili Tygri
Petr Nedved, 14-14-28, plus-6, 72 PIM in 33 games

Jaroslav Modry, 3-14-17, minus-2, 48 PIM in 52 games

Radim Vrbata, 12-5-17, minus-1, 20 PIM in 18 games

Litvinov CHP
Robert Reichel, 14-31-45, plus-11, 72 PIM in 47 games

Jiri Slegr, 5-26-31, minus-6, 98 PIM in 41 games

Sparta Praha
David Vyborny, 15-28-43, plus-12, 14 PIM in 52 games

Martin Rucinsky, 5-4-9, minus-9, 26 PIM in 19 games

Plzen
Martin Straka, 22-30-52, plus-12, 20 PIM in 51 games

Trinec Ocelari
Roman Cechmanek

Vojtech Polak, 21-13-34, minus-4, 42 PIM in 45 games

Lubomir Sekeras, 6-10-16, minus-7, 22 PIM in 48 games

Vitkovice HC
Michal Barinka, 2-9-11, minus-8, 50 PIM in 47 games

Robert Petrovicky, 5-15-20, minus-3, 47 PIM in 37 games

Pavel Trnka, 1-8-9, plus-18, 20 PIM in 31 games

Vaclav Varada, 5-5-10, plus-3, 22 PIM in 16 games

Znojemsti Excalibur Orli
Jiri Dopita, 10-21-31, even, 16 PIM in 40 games

Jaroslav Svoboda, 11-3-14, plus-2, 36 PIM in 42 games

Germany
Berlin
Denis Pederson, 19-34-53, plus-22, 32 PIM in 52 games

Deron Quint, 16-32-48, plus-25, 20 PIM in 52 games

Cologne
Philipp Gogulla, 17-21-38, minus-2, 58 PIM in 48 games

Dave McLlwain, 8-16-24, minus-20, 48 PIM in 42 games

Todd Warriner, 5-12-17, minus-14, 185 PIM in 34 games

Mike Johnson, 4-9-13, minus-6, 52 PIM in 28 games

DEG
Jamie Storr, 17-12-0, 2.62 GAA, .920 SVPCT in 38 games

Duisberg
Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre, 5-8-13, minus-40, 135 PIM in 47 games

Rick Berry, 2-9-11, minus-30, 111 PIM in 47 games

Daniel Tkaczuk, 3-8-11, minus-37, 34 PIM in 37 games

Frankfurt
Mathieu Biron, 5-16-21, minus-2, 82 PIM in 49 games

Bryan Muir, 0-4-4, plus-2, 42 PIM in 14 games

Lance Ward, 1-2-3, plus-3, 86 PIM in 41 games

Hamburg
Andy Delmore, 9-22-31, plus-6, 70 PIM in 52 games

Clarke Wilm, 16-25-41, plus-12, 88 PIM in 52 games

Jere Karalahti, 7-16-23, plus-13, 148 PIM in 50 games

Hannover
Chris Herperger, 13-23-36, minus-5, 58 PIM in 51 games

Ingolstadt
Jimmy Waite, 17-21-0, 2.78 GAA, .910 SVPCT in 48 games

Kassel
Drew Bannister, 2-15-17, plus-1, 84 PIM in 54 games

Mannheim
Fred Brathwaite, 20-17-0, 2.37 GAA, .925 SVPCT in 49 games

Colin Forbes, 17-25-42, minus-8, 52 PIM in 52 games

Dan McGillis, 3-16-19, plus-4, 88 PIM in 47 games

Blake Sloan, 4-10-14, plus-8, 101 PIM in 50 games

Sven Butenschon, 2-7-9, minus-1, 44 PIM in 49 games

Straubing
Jon Klemm, 4-12-16, minus-16, 93 PIM in 51 games

Finland
Assat
Erik Rasmussen, 1-8-9, minus-9, 60 PIM in 31 games

Ilves Tampere
Hannu Toivonen

Jokerit
Jani Rita, 14-16-30, minus-4, 12 PIM in 58 games

KalPa
Sami Kapanen, 20-24-44, plus-8, 18 PIM in 55 games

Lukko
Antti Laaksonen, 17-23-40, minus-10, 66 PIM in 51 games

Tappara
Ville Nieminen, 21-20-41, minus-7, 82 PIM in 55 games

TPS Turko
Aki Berg, 4-9-13, plus-4, 57 PIM in 43 games

Sweden
Brynas

Andreas Dackell, 13-27-40, plus-7, 44 PIM in 55 games

Jacob Markstrom, 2.38 GAA, .917 SVPCT, 3 SO in 35 games

Djurgardens
Marcus Ragnarsson, 12-25-37, minus-12, 38 PIM in 49 games

Jacob Josefsen, 5-11-16, minus-3, 14 PIM in 50 games

Farjestads
Marcus Johansson, 5-5-10, plus-4, 10 PIM in 45 games

Frolunda
Niklas Andersson, 16-21-37, plus-10, 22 PIM in 52 games

Lars Eller, 12-17-29, plus-13, 28 PIM in 48 games

Erik Karlsson, 5-5-10, plus-3, 10 PIM in 45 games

Joe DiPenta, 1-5-6, plsu-5, 71 PIM in 47 games

Johan Holmqvist, 2.17 GAA, .917 SVPCT, 2 SO in 49 games

HV71
Kris Beech, 17-17-34, plus-11, 116 PIM in 45 games

Linkopings
Jan Hlavac, 25-23-48, plus-6, 28 PIM in 54 games

Modo
Niklas Sundstrom, 18-35-53, plus-22, 70 PIM in 39 games

Mattias Timander, 10-15-25, plus-18, 70 PIM in 55 games

Victor Hedman, 7-14-21, plus-21, 52 PIM in 43 games

Peter Forsberg, 1-2-3, plus-4, 0 PIM in 3 games

Rogle
Kenny Jonsson, 6-24-30, plus-3, 26 PIM in 47 games

Mathias Tjarnqvist, 11-10-21, minus-7, 16 PIM in 40 games

Skelleftea
Niko Dimitrakos, 22-22-44, plus-6, 59 PIM in 54 games

David Rundblad, 0-10-10, plus-3, 8 PIM in 45 games

Mikael Renberg, 3-3-6, minus-2, 16 PIM in 21 games

Timra
Tom Wandell, 15-26-41, plus-15, 26 PIM in 51 games

Petr Tenkrat, 14-9-23, plus-1, 34 PIM in 44 games

Magnus Svensson-Paajarvi, 7-10-17, minus-6, 4 PIM in 50 games

Kontinential Hockey League
Astana Barys
Kevin Dallman, 28-29-57, plus-6, 117 PIM in 53 games 

Jozef Stumpel, 10-24-34, plus-4, 65 PIM in 45 games

Trevor Letowski, 7-7-14, even, 30 PIM in 37 games

Branislav Mezei, 5-5-10, minus-10, 151 PIM in 56 games

Chekhov Vityaz
Chris Simon, 8-20-28, minus-11, 263 PIM in 40 games

Bryan Berard, 3-15-18, minus-21, 103 PIM in 25 games

Chelyabinsk Traktor
Andrei Nikolishin, 10-29-39, plus-5, 108 PIM in 48 games

Oleg Kvasha, 18-17-35, minus-1, 56 PIM in 52 games

Pierre Dagenais, 14-5-19, minus-6, 28 PIM in 40 games

Cherepovets Severstal
Ladislav Nagy, 5-14-19, minus-18, 103 PIM in 45 games

CSKA Moscow
Oleg Saprykin, 17-18-35, plus-8, 89 PIM in 51 games

Petr Schastlivy, 19-12-31, plus-11, 22 PIM in 54 games

Jussi Markkanen, 10-6-2, 2.32 GAA, .903 SVPCT in 18 games

Kazan AK-Bars
Aleksey Morozov, 32-38-70, plus-22, 22 PIM in 49 games

Niko Kapanen, 12-17-29, plus-9, 22 PIM in 53 games

Oleg Petrov, 9-13-22, plus-4, 24 PIM in 54 games

Nikita Alexeev, 8-7-15, plus-13, 16 PIM in 54 games

Fredrik Norrena, 7-4-2, 1.52 GAA, .931 SVPCT in 11 games

Wade Dubielewicz, 11-8-3, 2.77 GAA, .892 SVPCT in 21 games

Khabarovsk Amur
Nolan Pratt, 1-9-10, minus-7, 28 PIM in 35 games

Magnitigorsk Metallurg
Stanislav Chistov, 11-19-30, plus-6, 93 PIM in 56 games

Dynamo Minsk
Ben Clymer, 3-14-17, minus-8, 85 PIM in 49 games

Bryan Muir, 1-6-7, minus-10, 47 PIM in 23 games

Igor Ulanov, 1-4-5, minus-11, 126 PIM in 36 games

Moscow Dynamo
Dmitry Afanasenkov, 19-17-36, plus-7, 40 PIM in 56 games

Mattias Weinhandl, 16-16-32, plus-11, 53 PIM in 41 games

Petr Cajanek, 9-22-31, plus-11, 123 PIM in 53 games

Karel Rachunek, 9-21-30, plus-19, 85 PIM in 50 games

Vitali Yachmenev, 8-13-21, plus-12, 12 PIM in 47 games

Denis Tolpeko, 3-13-16, minus-2, 42 PIM in 42 games

Alexei Zhitnik, 4-7-11, even, 58 PIM in 56 games

Danny Markov, 3-4-7, plus-2, 12 PIM in 24 games

Moscow Spartak
Branko Radivojevic, 17-28-45, plus-10, 86 PIM in 49 games

Mytishi Atlant
Alexander Korolyuk, 21-32-53, plus-20, 32 PIM in 56 games

Magnus Johansson, 7-26-33, plus-33, 36 PIM in 53 games

Denis Arkhipov, 10-12-22, plus-8, 24 PIM in 56 games

Igor Korolev, 7-15-22, plus-8, 46 PIM in 56 games

Jan Bulis, 9-8-17, plus-7, 16 PIm in 35 games

Ray Emery, 22-8-0, 2.12 GAA, .926 SVPCT in 36 games

Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo
Pavel Brendl, 35-15-50, minus-10, 48 PIM in 56 games

Artem Chubarov, 4-17-21, minus-4, 2 PIM in 40 games

Mika Noronen, 2-9-2, 2.61 GAA, .865 SVPCT in 14 games

Avangard Omsk
Jaromir Jagr, 25-28-53, minus-1, 62 PIM in 55 games

Alexander Svitov, 8-8-16, plus-7, 86 PIM in 32 games

John Grahame, 9-10-2, 2.86 GAA, .896 SVPCT in 20 games

Dynamo Riga
Marcel Hossa, 22-23-45, plus-3, 118 PIM in 52 games

Mark Hartigan, 20-17-37, minus-1, 115 PIM in 55 games

Duvie Westcott, 2-17-19, minus-2, 124 PIM in 51 games

Ronald Petrovicky, 2-3-5, minus-4, 49 PIM in 30 games

St. Petersburg
Nils Ekman, 12-20-32, plus-9, 50 PIM in 46 games

Sergei Brylin, 9-15-24, plus-11, 16 PIM in 50 games

Andrei Zyuzin, 6-4-10, plsu-1, 36 PIM in 36 games

Darius Kasparaitis, 0-1-1, plus-6, 34 PIM in 26 games

Robert Esche, 21-14-6, 1.87 GAA, .912 SVPCT in 38 games

Ufa Salavat Yulayev
Alexander Perezhogin, 28-22-50, plus-33, 32 PIM in 55 games

Alexander Radulov, 22-26-48, plus-26, 92 PIM in 52 games

Oleg Tverdovsky, 8-21-29, plus-9, 30 PIM in 48 games

Konstantin Koltsov, 8-7-15, plus-6, 14 PIM in 42 games

Yaroslavl Lokomotiv
Alexei Yashin, 21-26-47, plus-10, 30 PIM in 56 games

Josef Vasicek, 12-22-34, plus-12, 81 PIM in 56 games

Vitaly Vishnevski, 8-13-21, plus-6, 124 PIM in 53 games

Marcus Nilson, 5-3-8, minus-2, 30 PIM in 36 games

HOT
Martin Brodeur, G, New Jersey (4-0, 0.98 GAA, .960 SVPCT in last 4 GP)
Chris Campoli, D, Ottawa (1-4-5, minus-2 in last 6 GP)
Paul Martin, D, New Jersey (0-4-4, plus-10 in last 4 GP)
Jarome Iginla, RW, Calgary (6-8-14, plus-6 in last 5 GP)
Steve Sullivan, LW, Nashville (4-4-8, plus-6 in last 4 GP)
Tomas Kopecky, C, Detroit (3-4-7, plus-6 in last 6 GP)

NOT
Steve Mason, G, Columbus (2-4, 3.19 GAA, .862 SVPCT in last 6 GP)
Brett Clark, D, Colorado (0-0-0, minus-5 in last 5 GP)
Kimmo Timonen, D, Philadelphia (0-2-2, plus-10 in last 16 GP)
David Booth, LW, Florida (1-0-1, minus-4 in last 6 GP)
Drew Stafford, RW, Buffalo (0-0-0, minus-3 in last 5 GP)
Patrick Marleau, LW, San Jose (1-1-2, minus-3 in last 6 GP)

 CHIRPING
"We weren't out kicking tires.  I think it's a message to our players, a vote of confidence for the players that we have, that many of them that have been sidelined with injuries or were not having the seasons they hoped for, that now is the time to get there." - Canadiens GM Bob Gainey

"Second-round picks were the flavour of the month and they went for players that are short-term players either to teams to recover from injuries or try to get into the playoffs." - Canucks GM Mike Gillis

"I'm pretty upset about it. As much as the fans don't like seeing that, you can bet I don't want to let one like that in." - Sharks G Brian Boucher, after letting in a long shot for a goal against Minnesota.

“You battle between the whistles, battle against guys you know, your friends and you might even end up trading punches with one of your buddies. But after the game is where you have to still show some character.” - Islanders C Dean McAmmond.

"It's just fun to be back on the ice and actually win a game." - Maple Leafs G Martin Gerber.

"We were 4-0 without him, so we were going to tell him to stay home." - Penguins G Marc-Andre Fleury, about Sidney Crosby.

"If we can't adjust to play on the road, then we don't deserve to be in the playoffs." - Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau.

"I don't think I should say the number, but there were legitimate offers  They were offers that didn't fulfill our needs. I wanted two players in return, a defenceman who could play in our top four. Some teams thought their defense could play in our top four, obviously, I didn't." - Panthers GM Jacques Martin, on deciding to keep Jay Bouwmeester at the deadline.

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 Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@ctv.ca




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