Ramblings: Assist-Heavy Forwards – O’Reilly, Duchene, Dzingel (Mar 21)

Ian Gooding

2020-03-21

In yesterday's Ramblings, I ran a report on Frozen Tools on players who had scored at least 15 goals, then downloaded it to Excel to add a column that would allow me to determine the players who had highest number of goals per assist. I called this Cy Young award winners because of how the statline resembles that of a star baseball pitcher.

Today I'm going to do the opposite in which I'm looking for players with assist-heavy point totals. For the sake of this exercise, I'm going to ignore defensemen, since they naturally have high assist totals. I'll set the minimum number of assists as 20, which will surprisingly omit Alex Ovechkin, who checks in with just 19 assists in 2019-20. If the regular season were to end, this would be his lowest assist total of his entire career. Not that he's a candidate for this list or anything, though.

This time, the stat I'm generating through an Excel calculation is assists per goal (A/G). Below are the 25 players with the highest assist per goal totals, or conversely, the lowest goal per assist totals in 2019-20.

Name Pos GP G A PTS A/G
RYAN O’REILLY C 71 12 49 61 4.08
 JAKUB VORACEK R 69 12 44 56 3.67
NICKLAS BACKSTROM C 61 12 42 54 3.50
JOE THORNTON C 70 7 24 31 3.43
TEUVO TERAVAINEN L 68 15 48 63 3.20
ROBERT THOMAS C 66 10 32 42 3.20
MITCHELL MARNER R 59 16 51 67 3.19
NICK SCHMALTZ C 70 11 34 45 3.09
PAVEL ZACHA