Too tired to bother with mid-term "grades"
I've decided to skip the B.S. and just give you my notes on the data for the first twenty games.
- Slava Voynov -- leads Kings defensemen in goals and points per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 ice-time (G/60, P/60) and in power-play G/60 and P/60. Highest QUALCOMP (quality of competition) among Kings' defensemen and third highest on the entire team (just a hair behind Dustin Brown and Dustin Penner). First among d and second on team in plus-minus/60 (behind Gagne). First in the league in goals among rookie defensemen, second in points (5 points in 8 games; the leader -- Marc-Andre Gragnani -- has 6 points in 20 games).
- Penner -- highest QUALCOMP on the team. As much as it would be easy to jump on the "Penner sucks" bandwagon, I still think this has more to do with yet another 20-30 goal-scoring left-wing trying in vain to fit into Terry Murray's system. Penner, Alex Frolov, Alexei Ponikarovsky, all three bore the brunt of tough defensive minutes and all three saw their numbers suffer. Are all three "enigmatic"? Sure, maybe. But come on. It's not all Penner's fault.
- Jarret Stoll -- lowest QUALTEAM on the Kings (besides Kevin Westgarth). Yes, his offensive numbers are underwhelming. But after several years of playing with top-six line-mates, he's suddenly got no support whatsoever. He's also starting only 44% of the time in the offensive zone ("zone starts"), which means Murray is putting him out for defensive zone draws much more often than not.
- Scott Parse -- Third among Kings forwards in plus-minus/60, behind Simon Gagne and Brown. Fourth on the team in G/60, behind Gagne, Anze Kopitar and Mike Richards.
- Ethan Moreau -- has dressed for every game. For some reason, I thought he was a healthy scratch at least once.
- Stoll, Trevor Lewis, Matt Greene, Moreau and Colin Fraser are the five guys most likely to be on the ice for a defensive zone draw. Not all at once, obviously.
- Fraser leads the team in drawing penalties (per 60 minutes), followed by Brown, Lewis, Richards, Brad Richardson, Kopitar and Parse.
- Voynov also leads all Kings defensemen in GFON/60 (goals-for, for which the player is on the ice, per 60 minutes of icetime), followed (in descending order) by Martinez, Greene, Jack Johnson, Rob Scuderi, Willie Mitchell and Drew Doughty.
- Mitchell leads Kings D with the lowest GAON/60 (1.23) followed by Doughty (1.24) and Voynov (1.40).
- Doughty (0.2) and Martinez (0.3) lead Kings' D with the lowest PTAKE/060 (penalties taken per 60 minutes). Greene (1.2) takes the most penalties. Gasp.
- Doughty and Voynov lead all Kings' D with the highest PDRAW/60 (penalties drawn), with 0.5.
- The Kings are 25th in goals per game (2.4).
- The Kings are 8th in GAA (2.3).
- 9th on the power-play (19%).
- 18th on PK (81.2%).
- Dead last in first period goals (9).
- 3rd in second period goals (22).
- 23rd in third period goals (15).
- 3rd in the league in hits (492).
- 5th in the league, 1st in the conference, in missed shots (262).
- 4th in the league in giveaways (203).
- 29th in takeaways (100).