Comparing Hockey Stats

Jim Gunther

2007-02-17

Back when I was in school my teachers always said there was a difference between hearing and listening. The same is true in terms of seeing and reading. As a fantasy hockey player you probably look at stats often and try to decide what to do. But in looking at the stats do you really read and see the stats?

If you really did read the stats you could argue that Sidney Crosby should not be compared to Alexander Ovechkin, that being an NHL captain might affect your point totals and that a player does not always average the same range of stats every season.

Below is a chart with six of the top eight current scoring leaders in the NHL. I organized these players into two groups. I know you can see it, but can you read it?

Player POS GP G A PTS PPG PPA GW SOG
Crosby C 52 25 62 87 7 36 4 146
Thornton C 56 15 59 74 6 34 3 147
Savard C 55 18 52 70 9 27 3 149
Ovechkin LW 57 34 38 72 14 16 6 286
Heatley RW 57 32 38 70 10 16 7 209
Hossa RW 60 33 39 72 15 19 4 261