Ramblings: Stats and Facts from the 2016-17 season; Brad Marchand – August 21

Michael Clifford

2017-08-20

Last Thursday saw the end of my team by team review of relevant fantasy performances from the 2016-17 season. It’s an exercise that helps put the year in context, figure out what went right/wrong, and how it can help move forward. I hope that it helped some of you along the way.

To cap all of it off before moving on to previewing the 2017-18 season, I thought I might share some of my favourite stats and facts from the prior campaign. I’m going to split them between forwards and defencemen.

Forwards

  • Among all forwards with at least 700 minutes of five-on-five ice time, it was Ryan Getzlaf at the top of the leaderboard in primary assists per 60 minutes. In second place was Connor McDavid. Just behind McDavid was Chicago forward Nick Schmaltz. Seriously.
  • Getzlaf was also sixth among all forwards in blocked shots per 60 minutes at five-on-five with the same TOI parameters.
  • Artturi Lehkonen finished inside the top-25 forwards in individual shot attempts per 60 minutes at five-on-five last year, sandwiched between Jack Eichel and Jason Pominville. He probably won’t get feature minutes this year, but now might be the time to trade for him (somewhat) on the cheap in dynasty leagues.
  • Conor Sheary led forwards by a significant margin in secondary assists per 60 minutes at five-on-five (1.16). In fact, the gap between Sheary and second (Anthony Mantha, 0.91) is bigger than the gap between Mantha and those tied for 14th (Sean Monahan and Scott Hartnell, 0.67). Given what we know about the randomness of second assists, and Sheary’s uncertain slotting in the Pittsburgh lineup, I might just let someone else draft him this year.
  • Nikolaj Ehlers was sixth among forwards in penalties drawn per 60 minutes of five-on-five play, but unlike others in the top-10 like Matthew Tkachuk, Tom Wilson, and Antoine Roussel, he d