In looking back on the 2007-08 season, I came across some interesting statistics that I would like to share:
Ready, Aim, Fire…
Of course we are all in awe of everything Ovechkin. This season’s MVP averaged 5.44 shots on goal per game for a total of 446. I believe only Phil Esposito’s NHL record 550 in the 1970-71 season was better than Ovechkin’s feat this year.
Ovechkin had ten or more shots on goal seven times this year. He put up a goose egg only once and was held to a single shot twice over the course of the entire season.
Henrik Zetterberg was the next most prolific shooter with 358, a distant 88 shots back. Overchkin led the league in shots by almost 20 per cent more than the next player. That’s interesting because he also finished 20 per cent ahead in the goal scoring department as well, 13 goals ahead of fellow Russian Ilya Kovalchuk.
Calgary’s Eric Godard was at the other end of the spectrum, recording only 14 shots on goal in 74 games. Godard averaged 5.29 games per shot. Although he did make his one goal count, it was a game winner!
Whoda, Howda, Hejda?
Blue Jackets defenseman Jan Hejda made headlines recently when he signed a three year, six million dollar deal ($6.1M Cdn). When many of you heard the news, did you have to ask yourself, who the heck is Jan Hejda?
This is a case of a player in real life, being more valuable than in fantasy. This guy was plus-20 on a team that was minus-55 overall. The team only had six plus players and the next best was Rostislav Klesla at plus-7. Hejda played 81 games and received the second most even strength ice time and third most overall.
Nicklas Lidstrom was a minus player in only 16 of his 76 games. Of those, only four were worse than minus-1. Fellow Conference Finalist Brenden Morrow was a minus player in 18 of 82 games and was worse than minus-1 in only three games.
I’m not sure how this happened, but Michel Ouellet played 64 games for the Lightning and ended up plus-11. Dan Boyle was a horrible minus-29 in only 37 games, second only to the Preds Radek Bonk and his minus-31. The Lightning were a league worst minus-250 (Detroit was plus-235). Welcome Steve Stamkos, sorry about your plus/minus.
And The Ugly
Daniel Carcillo was the runaway leader in penalty minutes, recording a whopping 324 minutes in only 57 games (would equal 466 over 82 games). That’s over 30 per cent more penalty minutes than the next guy (Jared Boll with 226).
Carcillo led the league in gross misconducts with four and plain old misconducts with eight. Boll led the NHL with 28 major penalties.
Dion Phaneuf led the league in minor penalties with 60 (plus 10 majors, 1 misconduct). Pavel Kubina had the most minor penalties (48) without recording a major penalty, although he did have one misconduct and one gross misconduct.
More Power To Ya
The top five players in power play points this season were all Russian. Kovalev, Gonchar, Malkin, Datsyuk and Ovechkin were the fab five. Four of the