The 10 Top Plus/Minus Players to Own in Fantasy Hockey

Dobber Sports

2014-02-17

 HampusLindholm

 

Reviewing the 10 best plus/minus players to own in fantasy hockey

 

 

Plus/minus was officially tracked in the NHL starting with the 1967-68 season. All players on the attacking team gain a "plus" when an even-strength or shorthanded goal is scored at the same time that all players on the defending team get a "minus". Whether or not the net is empty does not matter for purposes of plus/minus.

The plus/minus statistic is calculated on a per game basis but it is only over a full season that the true measure of plus/minus can be realised. It is more of a team statistic than an actual individual attribute, although one can argue that having certain players on the ice increases the opponents chance of scoring.

Let's take a look at who has the best plus/minus so far …

 

#10 – Corey Perry, ANA

Perry has averaged a plus rating of 5.8 since joining the Ducks in 2005/6. He has only posted a minus season (minus-7) once and that was in 2011/12. His personal best is plus 12 which came in back-to-back seasons, 2006/7 and 2007/8. Considering that he has never finished in the top 10 since joining the league his current rating of plus-24 is quite the accomplishment. He is also tied with teammate Ryan Getzlaf but has played four more games. Anaheim has 22 games remaining so expect Perry to set a new career best in plus/minus.

 

#9 – Jarome Iginla, BOS

The 18-year veteran is on pace to record his best plus/minus total since 2007/8 when he posted a plus 27 with the Flames. His positive 25 in 57 games with Boston is only the fourth time he has been above 20. Iginla has finished the season in the top 10 before, in 2001-02 and 2007-08 when he posted a plus-27. If he continues at this rate he should finish above 30 for the first time in his career. It helps that the Bruins are one of the better 5-on-5 teams in the league as well. Playing on a team that has had three of more players in the top 10 for plus/minus for the previous three seasons is impressive in itself. Expect Iginla to finish the season with a plus-35.

 

#8 – Patrice Bergeron, BOS

The first thing that jumped out at me when researching Bergeron's plus/minus was the horrific minus-28 he posted in 2006-07. However, this is also the only time he has posted a negative number in this category. He recorded his best number for plus/minus (plus-36) in 2011-12 which is also the season the Bruin's won their sixth Stanley Cup. Bergeron is in his 10th year with Boston and is on pace to match his career bes