[for whatever reason, this chart refuses to format properly on the main page; but it's fine if you click through to the full post. Sorry.]
This is the chart (or a piece of the chart anyway -- the whole thing doesn't fit on the page) I will be referencing when I do the individual "player ruminations" over the next week or so. Other people call these types of things "evaluations," but that's pretty presumptuous, even for me.
All stats are from behindthenet.
- G/60 and P/60 are goals and points per 60 minutes of ice-time.
- Any column with the header "last" shows the 2009-10 numbers for the stat shown in the column at the left. For example, P/60 is followed by "last", which, if I had room, I would have typed "P/60 last year."
- The header "change" refers to the difference between the two columns to the immediate left of it.
- GF/60 and GA/60 are abbreviated from behindthenet's GFON/60 and GAON/60, which indicate the number of goals-for (or against, respectively) that player was on the ice for, per 60 minutes of ice-time.
- +-/60 is a player's plus/minus per 60 minutes of ice-time (GF/60 minus GA/60).
- QC is QUALCOMP, which measures quality of competition the player faces.
- QT is QUALTEAM, which measures quality of teammates the player is on the ice with.
- OZ% is Offensive zone starts, which indicates how often player x starts play (after a stoppage) in the offensive zone. This is taken to be a measure of coach's confidence in a player's defensive play (lower % = more confidence).
(Some quick oberservations after the jump)
- Kopitar's and Williams's P/60 each went up more than half a point. Kopitar's +- went up half a goal per 60 and Williams's shot up an entire goal.
- Williams managed this while playing against tougher competition and with weaker teammates than last year. He also was on the ice for more defensive zone face-offs.
- Brown's +- improved slightly, playing with better teammates, but with more defensive zone starts.
- Doughty's P/60 dropped 1/10th of a point per 60; his +- was about the same, but he played against stiffer competition and played with significantly weaker linemates, and he was entrusted with about 4% more defensive zone starts.
- Simmonds saw a small drop in production and a big drop in +-, but he also faced tougher competition while seeing the biggest drop in quality of teammate of any forward (absence of Alex Frolov maybe).
- Scuderi saw an almost identical drop, leading all defensemen (in biggest drop in QUALTEAM).
- Kopitar, Handzus and Stoll all got more defensive zone starts. This was in part a result of protecting Loktionov, Schenn and Lewis ( all centers), but I see that Richardson saw a nearly 6% increase in Ozone starts. Maybe all this has to do entirely w ith protecting the rookies, but it may also be that Murray made a decision to start Richardson as far away from our own net as possible. He's the only player whose OZ% numbers jump like that.
- Johnson's production dipped a little, but he faced much stiffer competition and was trusted to start in the defensive zone almost 5% more. This probably had something to do with the fact that he was paired with Scuderi most of the year.
- Moller saw, by far, the biggest jump in quality of competition -- followed by (in order) Johnson, Handzus, Stoll, Williams, Smyth, Ponikarovsky, Greene and Doughty.
- Richardson, followed by Drewiske and Harrold, saw the biggest drop in QUALCOMP.
- Scuderi and Simmonds saw the biggest drop in QUALTEAM, followed by Poni, Handzus, Richardsons, Williams and Doughty.
- Moller, Loktionov and Schenn all had more or less the same P/60 as Stoll and Smyth.
- Loktionov led the entire team in G/60, followed by Parse, Williams and Brown.
- Parse led everyone with the lowest GA/60, but his sample size was small. So give it to Loktionov, followed by Martinez, Poni, Muzzin, Greene, Kopitar, Simmonds and Scuderi.
- Jarret Stoll was surprisingly bad in GA/60, better than only Clifford, Zeiler and Westgarth among forwards.
- Stingiest defenseman in GA/60? Martinez. Then Muzzin. Then Greene, Scuderi, Drewiske, Doughty, Mitchell and Johnson.