Overall grades include the usual metrics, as well as offensive-output and traditional plus/minus. Each positive or negative event has equal value. A point scored (goal or assist) has a value of 2. A positive plus/minus adds a positive event to the grade, a negative plus/minus rating removes a positive event from the overall grade.
#14 Tomas Plekanec, #13 Mike Cammalleri and recent-cut #63 Andreas Engqvist had the top even-strength grades during the preseason. Engqvist's 5on5 play was not the concern during the preseason, the issue was more with his penalty-killing and faceoff performance; he had the lowest short-handed risk/reward rating among players still with the Montreal.
#32 Travis Moen had the lowest grade among NHL players. Slightly lower than #46 Andrei Kostitsyn. #78 Olivier Archambault had the top grade among junior-age players, while the lowest grade of any player belonged to #43 Ian Shultz.
Of note: #11 Scott Gomez's grade improved 9 points compared to last year's regular season.
A players risk/reward rating is a determination of the difference between the average number of "good plays" and "bad plays" a player makes. This rating does not take into account offensive output or traditional plus/minus. The number is broken down to represent the average difference ("good plays" minus "bad plays") for each minute of ice time. The higher the number, the more successful plays a player made. A player creates a high risk/reward rating by completing passes, winning puck-battles, winning races to loose pucks, successfully getting the puck deep into the opposition zone, etc. Any unsuccessful attempts at the previous examples results in a negative event or "bad play".
Scott Gomez had the best even-strength risk/reward rating of any player; slightly ahead of both #14 Tomas Plekanec and #13 Mike Cammalleri. The top risk/reward among junior-age players belonged to Michael Bournival. Bournival's rating was only surpassed by the aforementioned Gomez, Plekanec and Cammalleri. The lowest risk/reward among players still in Montreal belonged to #32 Travis Moen. The only other two roster players with risk/reward ratings under 1.00 are #72 Erik Cole, and #46 Andrei Kostitsyn.
The lowest risk/reward of any forward in camp was earned by #43 Ian Shultz. Shultz's r/r rating of 0.00 means that he produced the same amount of "bad plays" than "good plays" while on the ice at even-strength. The top rating among players sent to Hamilton belongs to #59 Brock Trotter; slightly ahead of #90 Philippe Lefebvre.
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