Let's say you want some goal scoring infused into your lineup. One quick look at the top leaders in the Eastern Conference and you'll see some of the usual suspects – Stamkos, Kessel, Gaborik, etc. Simply looking at standard goal totals might not actually help your squad though. Each year players get hot, cold, go on long stretches of strong or poor performance, or perform differently based on the situations around them. This week I'll take a deeper look at goal scorers in the Eastern Conference and I'll follow up with the same analysis in terms of playmakers next week.
First things first, I decided to remove any players with zero goals or less than a shot per game average from my data set. That left with me with 241 players to analyze. Of these 241, the average number of goals scored is seven. There are 89 players with more than seven goals on the season from the East and of those, the players with the highest shooting percentage may surprise you.
In terms of shooting accuracy, Lucic and Jordan Staal are tops in the East. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, they just shoot the puck much less than say, Stamkos. Regardless, fantasy owners can rest assured that the dip in shots per game is at least offset by an increase in relative goals scored.
It's also worth looking at players who have scored at or below the average. For players who have scored seven goals or less, I looked at all of the players who had at least a 10% or higher shooting percentage. There are 20 total Eastern Conference players that meet these criteria. Some are just beginning to get their chance (Hagelin), some have battled injuries (Green, Connolly, etc.), and some are simply just waiting for their next call up (Kadri). Whatever the reason, there are likely a couple of these faces available in your league.
Below you'll find a list of similar players, but who have scored at least eight goals on the season (above my initial average). While some are still likely to be available, many of these are likely to be already taken.