In today’s Numbers Game, I complete the player efficiency analysis. Previously, I examined each players minutes per point statistic on the power play and on even strength. Today, I combined each player’s power play and even strength production to determine their combined minutes per point statistic (based on statistics as of Feb. 20/08).
ES + PP Min/G
ES + PP Min/A
ES + PP Min/P
After a careful analysis of the minutes per point statistic, it clearly paints a more accurate picture of a player’s offensive efficiency than overall points. The statistic incorporates both the number of games a player plays as well as how much ice time they get.
It should be emphasized that this stat is an indicator of offensive efficiency, not who is a “better” player. No one is going to suggest that Langenbrunner is a better player than Lecavalier because he is ranked much higher in PP Min/P. It is merely a reflection of their productivity during the playing time they receive. Further, there is no guarantee that a player will continue its productivity if given more playing time. As well, players like Lecavalier get more playing time because of their defensive contributions in addition to their offensive contributions. That being said, Langenbrunner does make a pretty strong case for more playing time!
For Illegal Curve, I am Adam Gutkin.