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Top 20 Players By Goals Versus Threshold

Recently I have written several sabermetrics and hockey posts about Tom Awad’s goals versus threshold system.  I have explained the offensive, defensive goaltending and shootout portions of the system.  I have also listed the top players in each of these portions of the system and discussed some of the more sabermetrically interesting player cases.

Although not mentioned in Tom Awad’s writings on the puck prospectus system, when the results are tabulated by Gabe Desjardins at behind the net, he includes a defensive portion for goalies which I reject.

Here are the top 20 players in 2009/10 by goals versus threshold neglecting goaltenders defensive portions.  It is merely the sume of the totals from the earlier described portions:

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The Part Of Goals Versus Threshold That Makes No Sense

I have written several sabermetrics and hockey posts about Tom Awad’s goals versus threshold system.  I have discussed the offensive, defensive, goaltending and shootout portions of the system.  There is one more part to the system as it is calculated by Gabe Desjardins at behind the net, which is not described by Tom Awad.  This extra piece is the defensive component of goaltenders.

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Bettman Wrong To Punish Devils

The news has come out today that the NHL is punishing the New Jersey Devils for their first contract with Ilya Kovalchuk.  This was a 17 year contract with a $6 million per year salary cap hit.  It was strongly front-loaded and had several low cost years added onto the end of it to keep the average contract value and hence salary cap hit down.  The NHL challenged the contract and an arbitrator threw it out.  Eventually, New Jersey signed Ilya Kovalchuk to a second contract.  This was a 15 year contract with a $6.67 million salary cap hit that was front-loaded, but not as badly as the original one.  The NHL took a while to approve the contract and forced the NHLPA to accept a CBA modification to prevent similar contracts in the future in exchange for its passage.

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St Louis Financial Issues

To paraphrase former US presidential candidate John Edwards, there are two NHLs.  In one NHL, big market teams make millions and millions of dollars a year.  These teams drive the NHL’s revenues and have no problem paying salaries that are as close to the salary cap as possible.  These are the teams that hire full-time capologists to try to find loopholes in the NHL’s salary cap that they can use to their advantage.  The other NHL is a growing group of teams that are dependent upon revenue sharing to stay afloat.  These are teams that routinely lose money and often struggle to have payroll that meets the NHL salary floor.

One team that finds itself in the poor group this season is the St Louis Blues.  An investment group led by Dave Checketts (former Madison Square Gardens president) bought the Blues in 2006.  This investment group was backed by TowerBrook Capital Partners, who held as much as 75% of the club ownership.

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Top 20 Goalies By Shootout Goals Versus Threshold

Yesterday, I posted the top 20 scorers by shootout goals versus threshold.  In order to complete looking at shootouts in the goals versus threshold system, I will look at goaltender success in this system.  Tom Awad developed the goals versus threshold system in an attempt to measure how much value a player has above a replacement player.

Here are the top twenty goalies by shutout goals versus threshold in the 2009/10 season:

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Top 20 Scorers By Shootout Goals Versus Threshold

My sabermetrics and hockey post today is a look at the 20 best players (goalies will be ranked separately in an upcoming post) in the NHL last season by shootout goals versus threshold.  Since shootouts are reasonably clear statistically, i.e. the player with the most goals on the least shots will be the top player, this portion of Tom Awad’s goals versus threshold system it quite reliable.  The only question is if the goals valuations are correct.

Here are the top 20 players by shootout goals versus threshold:

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Shootouts Goals Versus Threshold

The next piece of Tom Awad’s goals versus threshold is to look at shootout performance.  Shootouts play enough of a role in the NHL standings that this is an adjustment to the value of players is often big enough to make a significant difference in their rankings.  This system is one of the few that properly attempts to measure it.

This is one piece of the goals versus threshold system, that goes with the offensive portion, the goaltending portion and the defensive portion.

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Kesler’s Defensive Goals Versus Threshold

When I listed top 20 forwards by defensive goals versus threshold, one player who is conspicuous by his absence from the list is Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks.  Kesler has been a nominee for the Selke Trophy in each of the last two seasons.  He is considered one of the top defensive forwards in the NHL.  Why didn’t the goals versus threshold system find him?

Ryan Kesler scored 75 points with the Vancouver Canucks last year.  That made him their third highest scorer (behind the Sedins), but his +/- rating (which is an important number in the defensive portion of the goals versus threshold system) was only a +1.  This was tenth highest among the Vancouver Canuck forwards and well behind team leaders Daniel Sedin and Christian Ehrhoff, who were +36’s.

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Vermette’s Defensive Goals Versus Threshold

When I posted the top 20 forwards by defensive goals versus threshold, I got a list of players who played a lot of minutes on top defensive teams and posted top +/- ratings.  Although this is a plausible first guess at who the top defensive forwards in the NHL are, the list had some problems.  Players made it who are not great defensive players and other top defensive forwards are missing.  One of the more surprising players on the list is Antoine Vermette of the Columbus Blue Jackets.  He is surprising because Columbus is not a top defensive team.  Their 259 goals allowed is fifth worst in the NHL.  He is the only representative of any of the ten worst defensive teams in the league.  How does a player like Vermette make it so high on this list?

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Top 20 Forwards Defensive Goals Versus Threshold

In my recent sabermetrics and hockey posts, I have been looking at Tom Awad’s goals versus threshold system.  I have listed the top 20 players by the offensive the goalie and the defensive portions of the system.  I am still trying to come to grips with the defensive part of the system and I think a good method to do so is to look at the top 20 forwards by this system.

Here they are:

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