An interesting application of the statistics I've accumulated is to attempt to quantify a players' impact on a specific game. By taking his average playing time and dividing it by the number of events, we can determine not only how involved said player is in the game, but also how much of his involvement has a positive or negative effect on his team.
The resulting numbers indicate how many events a player is involved in during each minute of ice-time (events/min). They also indicate how many positive events a player contributes during a minute of ice-time (pos/min), and how many negative events a player contributes during a minute of ice-time (neg/min).
*I've excluded faceoffs in order to even out the playing field*
*Regular season numbers used*
|EVENTS/ MIN||1.68||2.50||2.61||2.48||1.92||2.06||2.24||1.70||2.23||1.95||2.01||2.33||2.44||2.57||2.25||2.37||2.53||2.33||2.07||2.05||2.59||2.96||2.06||EVENTS/ MIN|
Events filed under "positive impact" include:
-successful puck battles
Events filed under negative include:
-unsuccessful puck battles
-missed d-zone assignment
-offensive-zone shots blocked
-offensive-zone shots that miss the net
Players with the most total events per minute played include Lars Eller (2.96), Mike Cammalleri (2.61), PK Subban (2.59), Ryan White (2.57), David Desharnais (2.53), and Scott Gomez (2.50)
Players with the least events per minute played include Jaroslav Spacek (1.68), Paul Mara (1.70), Jeff Halpern (1.92), and Roman Hamrlik (1.95).
Who helps the most?
The players with the most positive events per minute of ice-time include Lars Eller (1.83), PK Subban (1.72), Tomas Plekanec (1.63), David Desharnais (1.63), Mathieu Darche (1.62), and Mike Cammalleri (1.61).
Who helps the least?
The players with the lowest amount of positive events per minute of ice-time include Jaroslav Spacek (1.10), Paul Mara (1.15), and Jeff Halpern (1.21).
Who hurts the most?
The players with the most negative events per minute of ice-time include Lars Eller (1.14), Mike Cammalleri (1.00), Ryan White (1.00), Scott Gomez (0.95), and Benoit Pouliot (0.95).
Who hurts the least?
The players with the least negative events per minute of ice-time include Paul Mara (0.55), Jaroslav Spacek (0.58), Roman Hamrlik (0.68), Hal Gill (0.71), Brian Gionta (0.72), and Jeff Halpern (0.72).
We can determine a players overall value to a club by calculating the difference between positive events per minute of ice-time and negative events per minute of ice-time. We do this by subtracting the negative events per minute of ice-time from the positive events per minute of ice-time. The higher the resulting number the more value a player has to a team.
Players with the largest difference between the amount of negative and positive events per minute of ice-time include PK Subban (0.84), Mathieu Darche (0.81), Brian Gionta (0.80), Tomas Plekanec (0.77), Max Pacioretty (0.76), and David Desharnais (0.73).