Monday, November 3, 2014

Stat Geek: 5 Early Stats That May Surprise You

Admit it, you saw the golden retriever first.
It's Monday at work and for me that usually means some time to research my fantasy hockey pools and spend an hour or so checking out hockey stats. Often when I do this I find myself doing doubletakes because it's hard to believe a stat I'm looking at is real. If you actually have a real job and can't check hockey stats all day, I managed to do some work for you before my boss came in and I had to stop. Sorry Kevin, I'll finish that assignment tomorrow.

Here's five stats from this early hockey season that might surprise you:

Fantasy Hockey Sleeper Stud:

Filip Forsberg might not have been on your draft list this year, but so far he has 3 goals and 8 assists for 11 points in 11 games to lead all rookies in scoring. Toss in a league leading +13 and 29 shots on goal and you have a great fantasy hockey player picked up from waivers. Forsberg wasn't even considered to a be a Calder candidate this season, but now that's he's the highest scoring Forsberg to ever wear a Predators jersey he's getting some looks. Washington will definitely be regretting dealing the 20-year-old for Martin Erat for some time if he keeps this up.

Cy Young Contenders:

Goals-to-assists leaders are always a fun stat to check out so let's see who has the best beer league hockey numbers.
Corey Perry 11-4
Rick Nash 9-2
James Neal 7-2
Gustav Nyquist 7-2
Tanner Person 7-2
Jiri Tlusty 6-2
Michael Raffl 6-1

PIM Leader?

Chris Kreider is the early goon leader with 38 penalty minutes. Two misconduct penalties have inflated his totals, but he does has a chippy side to him. Don't worry Chris Neil owners, he still has plenty of time to be a terrible hockey player and win this category. 

Picking Apples

Jakub Voracek and Tyler Johnson are leading the league with 13 assists so far this season. Perhaps the most impressive stat of the two is that Tyler Johnson is yet to be in on a goal with Steven Stamkos. While it looks like Johnson has taken over St. Louis in Tampa and Voracek and Giroux make a good 1-2 punch, we have a feeling Sid the Kid will be leading the way in apples soon enough.

Cold in the Desert:

We heard the desert gets cold at night, but we're shocked that Oliver Ekman-Larsson is already a league worst -13 on the season for the struggling Arizona Coyotes. Ekman-Larsson often gets underdog-Norris talk and this number could hurt him despite being a very good possession player with a 54.8% Corsi and having a Corsi Relative to his team of 16.7%. Ekman-Larsson has been on for a league worst 15 goals against at 5-on-5, but the big weakness appears to be goaltending as he's rocking a 83.9 PDO and the Coyotes have let in 41 goals so far, 2nd only to the Buffalo Sabres.

Bonus Stat:

McJesus - Not yet an NHLer, but Connor Mcdavid is on pace for over 200 points for the Erie Otters of the OHL. So far this season McDavid has scored 14 goals, 28 assists for 42 points in just 14 games to lead the entire CHL in scoring. In fact, his assists alone have him sitting as the WHL leading scorer

Here's his latest 4-point game:

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