Neutral-zone risk / reward is a calculation where we take all of a player's positive-events in the neutral-zone (won puck-battle, successful dump-in, successful skate-in, successful pass, successful deak) and divide them by how many minutes a player plays. We then take a player's negative-events in the neutral-zone ( lost puck-battle, unsuccessful dump-in / skate-in, unsuccessful pass, unsuccessful deak) and divide that by how many minutes a player plays. The negative events per minute played is now subtracted from the positive events per minute played to give us a player's risk / reward rating in that particular zone. The higher the number the better a player has played in the particular zone.
Regular season raw data available here
Among the Habs regulars Ryan White was the most active in the neutral-zone.White led the team with 0.96 neutral-zone events per minute of ice time. Other active players in the neutral-zone include Lars Eller (0.98), Scott Gomez (0.86), Tomas Plekanec (0.85), David Desharnais (0.83), and Mike Cammalleri (0.83). The defenseman with the most events in the neutral-zone per minute of ice-time was PK Subban (0.62).
Jaroslav Spacek had the least amount of events in the neutral-zone per minute of ice-time (0.32). Other players with few neutral-zone events include James Wisniewski (0.38) and Paul Mara (0.38). The forwards with the least amount of neutral-zone events per minute of ice-time were Mathieu Darche (0.64) and Jeff Halpern (0.64)
Helps the most?
The players with the most positive events in the neutral-zone per minute of ice-time were Lars Eller (0.61) and Ryan White (0.61). PK Subban led all defensemen with 0.42 positive-events in the n-zone per minute of ice-time.
Hurts the most?
Players with the most negative events in the neutral-zone per minute of ice-time include Ryan White (0.37), Lars Eller (0.35), David Desharnais (0.29), Benoit Pouliot(0.28), Scott Gomez(0.28), Tomas Plekanec(0.28), and Mike Cammalleri (0.28). The defensemen with the most negative-events per minute of ice-time were PK Subban (0.19) and Yannick Weber (0.19).
Top neutral-zone risk / reward rating
The player with the top risk / reward rating in the neutral-zone during the regular season was Travis Moen (0.32). Moen's success-rate for neutral-zone passing was terrible, but his work along the wall and ability to consistently dump the puck into the offensive-zone carried him to the top rating. Other players with strong n-zone ratings include Scott Gomez (0.30) and Brian Gionta (0.30). The top n-zone risk / reward rating among defensemen went to PK. Subban (0.23).
Lowest neutral-zone risk / reward rating
The player with the lowest risk / reward rating in the neutral-zone during the regular season was James Wisniewski (0.08). Other players with low neutral-zone risk / reward ratings include Roman Hamrlik (0.10) and Yannick Weber (0.11). The lowest neutral-zone risk / reward rating among the Habs forwards belongs to Benoit Pouliot (0.18).
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