The graph below is a visual representations of the offensive-zone ratios produced by every player who played for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2011-12 season.
As with all statistics, the larger the pool of data the more reflective the data becomes. Ratios are no exception. In fact, I believe (with this large pool of data) ratios have become one of the most important expressions of how well players perform.
ONLY even-strength events are included in this calculation.
Tomas Kaberle has the best offensive-zone ratio of any Montreal player. Kaberle makes 2.02 successful plays in the offensive-zone for every 1 unsuccessful play. His ratio is the product of a high offensive-zone passing success-rate, as well as an ability to get shots through to the net.
Andrei Markov has the second-highest offensive-zone ratio. Markov makes 2 successful plays in the offensive-zone for every 1 unsuccessful play. His ratio is the product of a high offensive-zone puck-battle success-rate, and an ability to complete o-zone passes.
PK Subban is the only other defenseman with an o-zone ratio above 1.76. Subban's ratio of 1.94 successful plays for every 1 unsuccessful play is the product of a high passing-percentage, and an ability to beat players 1on1.
Yannick Weber and Raphael Diaz are the only d-men with o-zone ratios below 1.50. Both players biggest struggles occurred when attempting to get shots through to the net. Weber was successful with only 32% of his shot-attempts, while Diaz was only able to get 29% of his shots through to the net. That said, Diaz actually produced the highest offensive-zone passing success-rate on the entire team (71%).
Among forwards, the highest offensive-zone ratio belonged to Ryan White. He made 1.87 successful plays for every 1 unsuccessful play. His high ratio was the product of a an impressive o-zone puck-battle winning-percentage.
Other forwards with offensive-zone ratios above 1.69 successful plays for every 1 unsuccessful play include Max Pacioretty (1.78), Louis Leblanc (1.75), Mathieu Darche (1.72), David Desharnais (1.71), and Tomas Plekanec (1.69).
Pacioretty's high ratio is the product of a high o-zone puck-battle winning-percentage and an ability to get shots through to the net. Leblanc, Darche and Plekenec were also successful getting shot through to the net. Desharnais was simply the Habs most successful passer (among forwards).
The lowest offensive-zone ratio belonged to Blake Geoffrion. He produced only 1.29 successful plays in the offensive-zone for every unsuccessful play. Geoffrion struggled getting shots on net, as only 32% of his attempted shots made it through. He was also only successful with 22% of his attempts to beat opposing players 1on1 (deke).
Other forward with offensive-zone ratios at, or below 1.50 successful plays for every 1 unsuccessful play include; Andrei Kostitsyn (1.50), Andreas Engqvist (1.43), Michael Blunden (1.43), Petteri Nokelainen (1.41), Brad Staubitz (1.40), Gabriel Dumont (1.36), and Rene Bourque (1.35). Bourque won only 44% of his o-zone puck-battles, while each of the other players also struggled winning puck-battles, and beating players 1on1 (deke).