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Hockey Analytics

2015 in Review

by Gus Katsaros
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

It's all Jamie Benn's world in calendar year 2015, we just live in it. He led the NHL in points, and is the the lone player to eclipse 100 points. In the quirky bit of whimsy, the top five ranked players last names all end with the letter 'n'. Seven of the top 10 names. How's that for analytics?

 

Player

GP

G

A

Pts

PPG

PPA

SOG

Jamie Benn

83

47

57

104

16

15

254

Daniel Sedin

84

28

53

81

6

19

272

Erik Karlsson

82

23

58

81

5

24

242

Alex Ovechkin

78

53

27

80

25

7

380

Tyler Seguin

72

32

48

80

10

18

282

John Tavares

78

36

43

79

10

15

266

Mark Stone

80

28

50

78

7

12

175

Henrik Sedin

82

21

54

75

8

17

109

Joe Pavelski

79

36

38

74

14

16

227

Alex Steen

77

28

46

74

7

18

223

 

With calendar year 2015 winding down, 2016 excites with new hopes and dreams. I thought I'd focus on the 2015 calendar year as the final piece prior to new beginnings. I didn't bother breaking down every individual even strength situation (5v5, 4v4, etc.) but did separate power-play points.

 

All the values shown below encompass all situations unless otherwise specified, with the cut off being totals leading into Tuesday December 29.

 

With a couple of days’ worth of games statistics leading up to New Year's Eve, these lists may look quite different, especially with the tight clumps of players that can leapfrog ranks with a good game prior to year-end.

 

Leading point scorer Jamie Benn for instance earned another assist Tuesday night as did Erik Karlsson to pull ahead of idle Daniel Sedin – and padding his 2015 leading assist total to 59.

 

Tyler Seguin appears among the top 10 with 80 points – in only 72 games a 1.11 points per game pace, good enough for fourth overall), but added another goal Tuesday night, while John Tavares two points Tuesday puts him in contention for second overall.

 

Mark Stone's meteoric ascension over the second half of 2014-15 clocked in the seventh overall with 78 points in 80 games, while electrifying rookie Johnny Gaudreau just missed the top 10 (12th overall) with 73 points in 77 games.

 

Former Toronto Maple Leafs Phil Kessel, being amongst the elite goal scores since donning the blue and white scored a measly 18 goals in the calendar year. He played in 79 games split between Toronto and Pittsburgh amassing only 40 points despite firing 279 shots on goal. To put that into perspective the standard deviation among goal scores in 2015 was nine (9), meaning Kessel is at least two standard deviations away from being in the middle of the pack of the top 10 goal scorers. It’s a dramatic dropoff.

 

The one player not mentioned in the top ranks is current Art Ross candidate Chicago’s Patrick Kane having only played 60 games, but racking up 73 points. When ranking by points per game without restrictions on games played, Kane trails only Benn in points per game.

Player

GP

G

A

Pts

PPG

PPA

SOG

Pts/Gm

Jamie Benn

83

47

57

104

16

15

254

1.25

Patrick Kane

60

30

43

73

11

10

190

1.22

Leon Draisaitl

27

9

22

31

2

3

54

1.15

Tyler Seguin

72

32

48

80

10

18

282

1.11

Alex Ovechkin

78

53

27

80

25

7

380

1.03

John Tavares

78

36

43

79

10

15

266

1.01

Erik Karlsson

82

23

58

81

5

24

242

0.99

Mark Stone

80

28

50

78

7

12

175

0.98

Daniel Sedin

84

28

53

81

6

19

272

0.96

Alex Steen

77

28

46

74

7

18

223

0.96

Taylor Hall

58

19

36

55

3

6

210

0.95

Vladimir Tarasenko

77

37

36

73

10

8

277

0.95

Johnny Gaudreau

77

29

44

73

7

13

189

0.95

Joe Pavelski

79

36

38

74

14

16

227

0.94

Nicklas Backstrom

77

16

56

72

4

29

132

0.94

Henrik Sedin

82

21

54

75

8

17

109

0.91

Sidney Crosby

77

24

46

70

9

17

235

0.91

Blake Wheeler

76

25

43

68

4

12

227

0.89

Evgeni Malkin

67

29

30

59

9

12

200

0.88

Pavel Datsyuk

57

17

33

50

3

14

145

0.88

Kyle Turris

82

30

38

68

4

10

215

0.83

Max Pacioretty

81

37

30

67

9

6

327

0.83

Anze Kopitar

78

18

46

64

3

11

136

0.82

Jiri Hudler

72

23

36

59

5

9

140

0.82

Sean Monahan

77

32

31

63

10

5

175

0.82

 

Isolating power play points, Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom leads the NHL with 33, goal-scoring Ovi right behind him with 32 points, tied with Flyers Claude Giroux.

 

Player

GP

G

A

Pts

PPG

PPA

SOG

Pts/Gm

sh%

PP_Pts

Nicklas Backstrom

77

16

56

72

4

29

132

0.94

12.12

33

Alex Ovechkin

78

53

27

80

25

7

380

1.03

13.95

32

Claude Giroux

79

23

35

58

11

21

229

0.73

10.04

32

Jamie Benn

83

47

57

104

16

15

254

1.25

18.50

31

Joe Pavelski

79

36

38

74

14

16

227

0.94

15.86

30

Jakub Voracek

80

11

47

58

6

24

212

0.73

5.19

30

Erik Karlsson

82

23

58

81

5

24

242

0.99

9.50

29

P.K. Subban

83

8

54

62

6

23

203

0.75

3.94

29

Henrik Zetterberg

75

14

46

60

4

25

187

0.80

7.49

29

Tyler Seguin

72

32

48

80

10

18

282

1.11

11.35

28

 

 

Goals

 

Scoring 47 goals Jamie Benn trailed only Alex Ovechkin, the lone 50-goal scorer (53) during the calendar year - while also leading in power-play goals (25) and running away with shots on goal (222). The NHL average goals scored among the top 30 point scorers in the NHL was 29.7.

 

Mike Hoffman’s 36 goals only contain five power play markers.

 

Player

GP

G

A

Pts

PPG

PPA

SOG

Pts/Gm

Sh%

Alex Ovechkin

78

53

27

80

25

7

380

1.0256

13.95

Jamie Benn

83

47

57

104

16

15

254

1.253

18.5

Steven Stamkos

80

39

23

62

16

8

238

0.775

16.39

Vladimir Tarasenko

77

37

36

73

10

8

277

0.9481

13.36

Max Pacioretty

81

37

30

67

9

6

327

0.8272

11.31

John Tavares

78

36

43

79

10

15

266

1.0128

13.53

Joe Pavelski

79

36

38

74

14

16

227

0.9367

15.86

Scott Hartnell

84

34

34

68

10

8

190

0.8095

17.89

Mike Hoffman

78

33

30

63

5

5

211

0.8077

15.64

Tyler Seguin

72

32

48

80

10

18

282

1.1111

11.35

 

 

I am including shots on goal in this category, because of the correlation between shots and scoring. Brent Burns is the lone defenseman on the list among the NHL’s elite goal scorers, only three shots shy of the 300 plateau – and exceptional company.

 

Player

GP

G

A

Pts

PPG

PPA

SOG

Pts/Gm

Sh%

Alex Ovechkin

78

53

27

80

25

7

380

1.0256

13.95

Max Pacioretty

81

37

30

67

9

6

327

0.8272

11.31

Brent Burns

79

21

43

64

7

20

291

0.8101

7.216

Rick Nash

79

30

28

58

6

5

287

0.7342

10.45

Radim Vrbata

81

26

27

53

8

8

283

0.6543

9.187

Tyler Seguin

72

32

48

80

10

18

282

1.1111

11.35

Vladimir Tarasenko

77

37

36

73

10

8

277

0.9481

13.36

Daniel Sedin

84

28

53

81

6

19

272

0.9643

10.29

Phil Kessel

79

18

22

40

4

10

271

0.5063

6.642

John Tavares

78

36

43

79

10

15

266

1.0128

13.53

 

Shots on goal wouldn’t be complete without a measure of how well players capitalized on shots. Shooting percentage leader over the calendar year (minimum 30 games played) is the Sedin twin few would have expected to be leading the category. Daniel is the shooter, but Henrik tops this list here. Only Jamie Benn and Steven Stamkos eclipsed the 200 shots plateau among the top 10 in all situation shooting percentages.

 

 

Player

GP

G

A

Pts

PPG

PPA

SOG

Pts/Gm

sh%

Henrik Sedin

82

21

54

75

8

17

109

0.9146

19.27

Jamie Benn

83

47

57

104

16

15

254

1.253

18.50

Sean Monahan

77

32

31

63

10

5

175

0.8182

18.29

Scott Hartnell

84

34

34

68

10

8

190

0.8095

17.89

Jordan Eberle

68

25

30

55

6

12

149

0.8088

16.78

Justin Abdelkader

76

25

21

46

12

6

150

0.6053

16.67

Jiri Hudler

72

23

36

59

5

9

140

0.8194

16.43

Steven Stamkos

80

39

23

62

16

8

238

0.775

16.39

 

 

Power Play Goals

 

An interesting name in the ranks here is Carolina’s Justin Faulk, scoring 16 power play goals, scoring five in the second half of the ’14-15 season and another 11 so far in an incredible run of power play markers. Justin Abdelkader, known more for his tenacity and checking ability is also ranked among the year’s best totals.

 

Player

GP

G

A

Pts

PPG

PPA

SOG

Alex Ovechkin

78

53

27

80

25

7

380

Jamie Benn

83

47

57

104

16

15

254

Justin Faulk

81

23

36

59

16

11

251

Steven Stamkos

80

39

23

62

16

8

238

Joe Pavelski

79

36

38

74

14

16

227

Justin Abdelkader

76

25

21

46

12

6

150

Patrick Kane

60

30

43

73

11

10

190

Claude Giroux

79

23

35

58

11

21

229

Loui Eriksson

78

26

28

54

11

5

166

Shea Weber

78

17

28

45

11

12

223

 

 

Assists

 

Top goal scorer Alex Ovechkin earned 27 assists, the lowest among the top 30 point scorers of the calendar year. Steven Stamkos collected 23 helpers while ranking 30th overall in points (62) in 80 games. The NHL average among top 30 scorers for assists was 41.8.

 

The year’s biggest producer was Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson, leading all NHLers in 2015 in helpers.

 

Player

GP

G

A

Pts

PPG

PPA

SOG

Erik Karlsson

82

23

58

81

5

24

242

Jamie Benn

83

47

57

104

16

15

254

Nicklas Backstrom

77

16

56

72

4

29

132

Henrik Sedin

82

21

54

75

8

17

109

P.K. Subban

83

8

54

62

6

23

203

Daniel Sedin

84

28

53

81

6

19

272

Mark Stone

80

28

50

78

7

12

175

John Klingberg

80

12

49

61

3

20

133

Tyler Seguin

72

32

48

80

10

18

282

Jakub Voracek

80

11

47

58

6

24

212

 

Power play markers are led by Washington’s Backstrom, followed up by Zetterberg and distributor extraordinaire Jakub Voracek before Karlsson and P.K. Subban lead the host of defensemen into the ranks.

 

Player

GP

G

A

Pts

PPG

PPA

SOG

Pts/Gm

Sh%

PP_pts

Nicklas Backstrom

77

16

56

72

4

29

132

0.9351

12.12

33

Henrik Zetterberg

75

14

46

60

4

25

187

0.8

7.487

29

Erik Karlsson

82

23

58

81

5

24

242

0.9878

9.504

29

Jakub Voracek

80

11

47

58

6

24

212

0.725

5.189

30

P.K. Subban

83

8

54

62

6

23

203

0.747

3.941

29

Andrei Markov

82

7

45

52

3

22

128

0.6341

5.469

25

Claude Giroux

79

23

35

58

11

21

229

0.7342

10.04

32

Kris Letang

63

4

43

47

1

21

173

0.746

2.312

22

Keith Yandle

84

3

44

47

1

21

192

0.5595

1.563

22

Brent Burns

79

21

43

64

7

20

291

0.8101

7.216

27

 

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I wanted to take a moment and wish everyone a Happy New Year, with best wishes for a safe, happy and prosperous 2016!

Thank you very much for following along the Analytics ride so far this season!

 

 

Gus Katsaros
Gus Katsaros is the Pro Scouting Coordinator with McKeen’s Hockey, publishers of industry leading scouting and fantasy guide, the McKeen’s Annual Hockey Pool Yearbook. He also contributes to popular blog MapleLeafsHotStove.com ... he can be followed on Twitter @KatsHockey