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Cullen: NHL Player Won-Loss Records 2010-2011

Scott Cullen

5/6/2011 2:35:23 PM

One of the defining characteristics of my power rankings on TSN.ca is that they are highly dependent on player values and, as a result, when players move in and out of the lineup, it can greatly affect a team's value.

After all, if it doesn't matter who is playing, then we're really just evaluating the laundry, right?

So, each year I like to go through and examine player won-loss records to see if there are some players that might have had a surprising effect on their team's success.

Of course, there are many factors that go into a team's record over short periods, so the team record with one individual player in or out of the lineup may not tell the whole story, but these numbers may offer some insight.

A couple of the more notable caveats: When dealing with small sample sizes, schedule (home vs. away) and opposition will play a role in a team's record, as will other injuries. It stands to reason that a team missing five players might have a harder time filling the holes in its lineup than a team missing one.

To be included in these measures (for the team-by-team list, click here), players had to play 25 games for a team and have missed at least 10 games -- for any reason -- be it trade, injury, scratched from the lineup, whatever.

But then, I made exceptions for the trade deadline acquisitions who would have played fewer than 25 games, because it seemed worthwhile to find out if the team was performing better or worse after they arrived.

First up, the players with the best won-loss records with a team this season:

Rank Player Team Pos. In IPt. %
1. Jason Arnott Washington C 10-0-1 .955
2. Alexandre Bolduc Vancouver C 19-1-4 .875
3. Marco Sturm Washington LW 15-2-1 .861
4. Jeff Tambellini Vancouver LW 46-9-7 .798
5. Maxim Lapierre Vancouver C 15-4 .789
6. Chris Higgins Vancouver LW 11-3 .786
7. Kyle Wellwood San Jose C 25-6-4 .771
8. Ben Eager San Jose LW 24-6-4 .765
9. Keith Ballard Vancouver D 46-12-7 .762
10. Ian White San Jose D 16-4-3 .761
11. Brad Boyes Buffalo RW 14-4-3 .738
12. Alex Burrows Vancouver RW 49-16-7 .729
13. Dan Hamhuis Vancouver D 42-14-8 .719
14. Arron Asham Pittsburgh RW 30-11-3 .716
15. Alexander Edler Vancouver D 32-10-9 .716
16. Manny Malhotra Vancouver C 47-16-9 .715
17. Kevin Bieksa Vancouver D 43-15-8 .712
18. Dan Carcillo Philadelphia LW 36-12-9 .711
19. Chris Conner Pittsburgh LW 39-14-7 .708
20. Chris Tanev Vancouver D 19-7-3 .707
21. Sami Salo Vancouver D 19-8 .704
22. Andrew Alberts Vancouver D 27-10-5 .702
23. Alex Kovalev Pittsburgh RW 13-5-2 .700
24. Vladimir Zharkov New Jersey RW 25-10-3 .697
25. Chris Kunitz Pittsburgh LW 44-18-4 .697

The Capitals' playoff disappointment is only more upsetting when looking at the records compiled with late-season acquisitions Jason Arnott and Marco Sturm in the lineup.

The takeaway from this may be that the Vancouver Canucks were really good this year -- which isn't particularly noteworthy, I'll admit -- but Alex Bolduc had one regulation loss (3-2 at home against St Louis on December 5th, as if it wasn't entirely memorable for all) in 24 games? He really must have been doing something right in the 7:26 per game he was playing, though not enough right to remain in the NHL.

On the other hand, it's probably fair to say that San Jose's in-season acquisitions worked out well. Kyle Wellwood, Ben Eager and Ian White aren't necessarily glamourous additions, but there's no denying that the Sharks played well with them in the lineup.

Brad Boyes also seemed like a good addition to the Sabres, or they at least played well once acquiring him.

Some surprises, particularly from players that don't play all that much, include: Arron Asham, Dan Carcillo and Vladimir Zharkov.

Now, to the other end of the spectrum, players with the worst won-loss records with a team this season:

Rank Player Team Pos. In IPt. %
371. Jordan Eberle Edmonton RW 21-37-11 .384
372. J-F Jacques Edmonton LW 16-28-7 .382
373. Mike Fisher Ottawa C 17-30-8 .382
374. Zack Stortini Edmonton LW 9-17-6 .375
375. David Koci Colorado LW 11-20-4 .371
376. Theo Peckham Edmonton C 21-40-10 .366
377. Matt Hunwick Colorado D 15-29-7 .363
378. James Wisniewski N.Y. Islanders D 9-18-5 .359
379. Jonas Holos Colorado D 13-24-2 .359
380. Colin Fraser Edmonton C 19-38-10 .358
381. Liam Reddox Edmonton LW 13-26-5 .352
382. Ales Hemsky Edmonton RW 14-28-5 .351
383. Michal Repik Florida RW 8-18-5 .339
384. Linus Omark Edmonton RW 14-31-6 .333
385. Joe Callahan Florida D 6-15-6 .333
386. Dylan Reese N.Y. Islanders D 7-16-4 .333
387. Sergei Samsonov Florida LW 4-11-5 .325
388. Niclas Bergfors Florida RW 4-11-5 .325
389. Jason Strudwick Edmonton D 9-25-9 .314
390. Scottie Upshall Columbus RW 3-11-7 .310
391. Sami Lepisto Columbus D 3-11-5 .289
392. Steve MacIntyre Edmonton LW 7-22-5 .279
393. Ryan Stoa Colorado C 6-18-1 .260
394. Jeff Petry Edmonton D 6-23-6 .257
395. Jamie Langenbrunner New Jersey RW 6-23-2 .226

Jamie Langenbrunner got out of New Jersey before they made their big midseason charge, perhaps figuring that he had a better shot at the playoffs with Dallas. Admittedly, it would be easy to be frustrated with a 6-23-2 record.

Like Vancouver's dominance on the previous list, the Edmonton Oilers have a strong grip on the worst records, though it's surprising to see Ales Hemsky this low; usually the Oilers' swoon occurs once Hemsky gets hurt.

Next, a look at the difference in a team's record (or point percentage) when a player is in or out of the lineup. The Top 50:

Player Team In IPt. % Out OPt. % Diff.
Vladimir Zharkov NJ 25-10-3 .697 13-29-2 .318 .379
Andrew MacDonald NYI 28-23-9 .542 2-16-4 .182 .360
Jason Arnott WAS 10-0-1 .955 38-23-10 .606 .349
Jeff Tambellini VAN 46-9-7 .798 8-10-2 .450 .348
Milan Jurcina NYI 24-15-7 .598 6-24-6 .250 .348
Adam Burish DAL 38-18-7 .659 4-11-4 .316 .343
Alexei Ponikarovsky LA 39-17-5 .680 7-13-1 .357 .323
Nick Palmieri NJ 26-14-3 .640 12-25-2 .333 .306
Mark Fayne NJ 32-23-2 .579 6-16-3 .300 .279
Ruslan Fedotenko NYR 39-23-4 .621 5-10-1 .344 .277
Jamie Benn DAL 38-21-10 .623 4-8-1 .346 .277
Tobias Enstrom ATL 32-29-11 .521 2-7-1 .250 .271
Ryan Suter NAS 40-20-10 .643 4-7-1 .375 .268
Marco Sturm WAS 15-2-1 .861 33-21-10 .594 .267
Greg Mauldin COL 15-10-4 .586 15-34-4 .321 .265
Chris Kunitz PIT 44-18-4 .697 5-7-4 .438 .259
Tom Pyatt MTL 36-18-7 .648 8-12-1 .405 .243
Keith Ballard VAN 46-12-7 .762 8-7-2 .529 .232
Chris Conner PIT 39-14-7 .708 10-11-1 .477 .231
Kyle Wellwood SJ 25-6-4 .771 23-19-5 .543 .229
Alexandre Bolduc VAN 19-1-4 .875 35-18-5 .647 .228
Vernon Fiddler PHX 39-20-12 .634 4-6-1 .409 .225
Cam Barker MIN 29-18-5 .606 10-17-3 .383 .222
Francis Lessard OTT 14-9-1 .604 18-31-9 .388 .216
Brian Rolston NJ 33-28-4 .538 5-11-1 .324 .215
Ben Eager SJ 24-6-4 .765 24-19-5 .552 .213
Shawn Horcoff EDM 19-22-6 .468 6-23-6 .257 .211
Dan Carcillo PHI 36-12-9 .711 11-11-3 .500 .211
Brad Boyes BUF 14-4-3 .738 29-25-7 .533 .205
Anton Babchuk CGY 34-19-12 .615 7-10 .412 .204
Nicklas Grossman DAL 34-18-7 .636 8-11-4 .435 .201
Jason Spezza OTT 28-28-6 .500 4-12-4 .300 .200
Frans Nielsen NYI 28-32-11 .472 2-7-2 .273 .199
Andrew Murray CBJ 16-9-4 .621 18-26-9 .425 .196
Bryan McCabe FLA 23-23-2 .500 7-17-10 .309 .191
Anssi Salmela NJ 26-19-3 .573 12-20-2 .382 .191
Erik Condra OTT 14-10-2 .577 18-30-8 .393 .184
Chris Clark CBJ 27-21-5 .557 7-14-8 .379 .177
Adam Foote COL 21-22-4 .489 9-22-4 .314 .175
Jeff Schultz WAS 44-19-9 .674 4-4-2 .500 .174
Krys Barch DAL 26-12-6 .659 16-17-5 .487 .172
Gilbert Brule EDM 16-19-6 .463 9-26-6 .293 .171
Jay Rosehill TOR 14-7-5 .635 23-27-6 .464 .170
Jim Slater ATL 18-12-6 .583 16-24-6 .413 .170
Jim Vandermeer EDM 22-32-8 .419 3-13-4 .250 .169
Willie Mitchell LA 35-18-4 .649 11-12-2 .480 .169
Eric Boulton ATL 30-28-11 .514 4-8-1 .346 .168
Ian White SJ 16-4-3 .761 32-21-6 .593 .168
Michael Frolik FLA 23-23-6 .500 7-17-6 .333 .167
Nikita Filatov CBJ 14-9 .609 20-26-13 .449 .160

Zharkov only had four points in 38 games, while playing 11:20 per game, so he likely wasn't the driving force behind the Devils' improvement; more likely, he was a helpful part of the roster once Jacques Lemaire took the reigns and the team's performance, as a whole, improved dramatically. Rookies Mark Fayne and Nick Palmieri may have contributed slightly more, but they would benefit from the same effects.

The Islanders clearly missed defencemen Andrew MacDonald and Milan Jurcina, but it's an interesting list with a number of role players. Some that stand out to me are tough guys Francis Lessard and Jay Rosehill, who happened to be along for the ride as the Senators and Maple Leafs had decent finishes.

Shawn Horcoff appeared to be a difference-maker for the Oilers, while the Blue Jackets got better results when checking centre Andrew Murray was playing.

The bottom 50 in point differentials, as it pertains to won-loss record, for this past season:

Player Team In IPt. % Out OPt. % Diff.
Matt Hunwick COL 15-29-7 .363 15-15-1 .500 -.137
Mattias Ohlund TB 39-23-10 .611 7-2-1 .750 -.139
Mason Raymond VAN 45-18-7 .693 9-1-2 .833 -.140
James Wisniewski NYI 9-18-5 .359 21-21-8 .500 -.141
Sergei Gonchar OTT 24-34-9 .425 8-6-1 .567 -.141
Jack Hillen NYI 22-33-9 .414 8-6-4 .556 -.141
Mark Fistric DAL 26-22-9 .535 16-7-2 .680 -.145
Alec Martinez LA 31-24-5 .558 15-6-1 .705 -.146
Keaton Ellerby FLA 16-28-10 .389 14-12-2 .536 -.147
Daniel Paille BOS 20-15-8 .558 26-10-3 .705 -.147
Sergei Samsonov FLA 4-11-5 .325 26-29-7 .476 -.151
Niclas Bergfors FLA 4-11-5 .325 26-29-7 .476 -.151
Milan Hejduk COL 24-39-8 .394 6-5 .545 -.151
Peter Regin OTT 18-29-8 .400 14-11-2 .556 -.156
Chris Campoli OTT 19-30-9 .405 13-10-1 .563 -.157
Joe Callahan FLA 6-15-6 .333 24-25-6 .491 -.158
Michal Repik FLA 8-18-5 .339 22-22-7 .500 -.161
Adam Mair NJ 28-34-3 .485 10-5-2 .647 -.162
Dylan Reese NYI 7-16-4 .333 23-23-9 .500 -.167
Steve MacIntyre EDM 7-22-5 .279 18-23-7 .448 -.169
J.P. Dumont NAS 36-25-9 .579 8-2-2 .750 -.171
Tom Poti WAS 9-8-4 .524 39-15-7 .697 -.173
Patrick Kaleta BUF 23-21-7 .520 20-8-3 .694 -.174
Daniel Alfredsson OTT 17-29-8 .389 15-11-2 .571 -.183
Marcus Johansson WAS 38-21-10 .623 10-2-1 .808 -.185
Chris Kelly OTT 18-30-9 .395 14-10-1 .580 -.185
Scott Nichol SJ 30-21-5 .580 18-4-4 .769 -.189
Francois Beauchemin TOR 22-27-5 .454 15-7-6 .643 -.189
Kris Versteeg PHI 11-10-6 .519 36-13-6 .709 -.191
Mathieu Perreault WAS 15-12-8 .543 33-11-3 .734 -.191
Nikolay Zherdev PHI 30-20-7 .588 17-3-5 .780 -.192
Mike Fisher OTT 17-30-8 .382 15-10-2 .593 -.211
Jeff Petry EDM 6-23-6 .257 19-22-6 .468 -.211
David Steckel WAS 29-19-9 .588 19-4-2 .800 -.212
Milan Michalek OTT 22-34-10 .409 10-6 .625 -.216
Jordan Leopold BUF 36-28-7 .556 7-1-3 .773 -.216
Alexander Sulzer NAS 13-15-3 .468 31-12-8 .686 -.219
Jamie McGinn SJ 24-19-6 .551 24-6-3 .773 -.222
Ryan Stoa COL 6-18-1 .260 24-26-7 .482 -.222
Shane Doan PHX 37-26-9 .576 6-0-4 .800 -.224
Derek Roy BUF 14-17-4 .457 29-12-6 .681 -.224
Jay Harrison CAR 33-29-10 .521 7-2-1 .750 -.229
Mattias Ritola TB 12-13-6 .484 34-12-5 .716 -.232
Scottie Upshall CBJ 3-11-7 .310 31-24-6 .557 -.248
Kevin Westgarth LA 27-25-4 .518 19-5-2 .769 -.251
Jochen Hecht BUF 32-27-8 .537 11-2-2 .800 -.263
Sami Lepisto CBJ 3-11-5 .289 31-24-8 .556 -.266
Trevor Lewis LA 38-29-5 .563 8-1-1 .850 -.288
Matt Martin NYI 21-36-11 .390 9-3-2 .714 -.325
Jamie Langenbrunner NJ 6-23-2 .226 32-16-3 .657 -.431

For a complete list of the players' won-loss records, sorted by team, click here.

Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook.