Ramblings: Lundqvist for Hart, Forsberg, Rexall Place (April 7)

Michael Clifford

2016-04-07

Forsberg’s greatness, Lundqvist for the Hart, and a few Rexall Place memories

First off, I must say it’s a pleasure to be back for another summer here at Dobber Hockey. I have been posting weekly DraftKings articles throughout the winter, but today marks the return to semi-regular postings. That will include both here in the Ramblings, and in the Dobber Forums.

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To be brief, for those that may not know me, a little introduction.

This season marked 21 years of doing some form of hockey pools for me, though more formal fantasy hockey pools have only been in my life for a little under 10 years now. I have written in several spots, though this year, I was doing daily fantasy (DraftKings/FanDuel) analysis for ProjectRoto, and weekly columns for RotoWire. I also had a season with Sportsnet, among writing here or there.

My writing style tends to be more research-oriented, though I will try to not get to math-y with these Ramblings. I find using applicable numbers is the best way to keep track of what is going on with each player around the league, and go from there with my own observations.

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The question right now with regards to Filip Forsberg isn’t whether or not he’s an all-star, but just how good he can be?

At time of writing, Forsberg sits one assist away from a 30+ goal, 30+ assist season, at the age of 21. It is already his second straight 25+ goal, 25+ assist season, and back-to-back 60+ point seasons. Taken from Hockey Reference, this is a list of all the players since 2005-2006 to have at least two 25+ goal, 25+ assist, and 60+ point seasons through their Age 21 campaign. It is distinguished:

Aside from Sean Monahan – another topic for another day – the other eight players are bona fide superstars. It doesn’t really stop there, either. There is more to being a good player than simply putting up points over a couple seasons. In order to truly be considered a superstar, a player needs to make those around him better. Needless to say, Forsberg does that, too. This is over the last two seasons at five-on-five:

  • Mike Ribeiro with Filip Forsberg: +1.25 goals per 60 minutes, 57.5-percent possession; Ribeiro without Forsberg: +0.22 goals per 60 minutes, 55.4-percent possession.
  • James Neal with Forsberg: +1.68 goals per 60 minutes, 59.7-percent possession; Neal without Forsberg: +0.86 goals per 60 minutes, 51.9-percent possession.
  • Roman Josi with Forsberg: +1.05 goals per 60 minutes, 55.3-percent possession; Josi without F