Eastern Conference Players Who Dominated Peripheral Stats

Brennan Des

2020-07-14

In fantasy hockey, there are certain players we consider to be dominant in certain categories. For example, it's a common belief that Alex Ovechkin reigns supreme in goal-scoring, that Patrice Bergeron is a face-off king and that Pittsburgh's elite power-play results in a lot of power-play points for the likes of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang. In this week's Eastern Edge, I tried to find out which players have displayed dominance in peripheral categories (plus/minus, shots, hits, blocks, faceoff wins) over the past few years. Check out last week's article where we looked at offensive categories (goals, assists, points, power-play points).

The Process

First, I determined the top-10 players in each category over the last four seasons (19-20, 18-19, 17-18, 16-17). If a player appears in one of the tables throughout this article, it means that they finished in the top-10 of that category at least once over the past four years.

I came up with a 'Dominance Score' to reflect how well a player performed in a particular category. Players were rewarded if they ranked highly within the top-10 (i.e. finishing second in goal scoring would give you more points towards your Dominance Score than finishing eighth in goal scoring) and for making the top-10 in multiple seasons. I did this because both quality and consistency should be considered when assessing dominance in a category. A more detailed view of my point system is shown below:

Performance Quality
NHL Leaderboard RankPoints Towards Dominance Score
1st10
2nd9
3rd8
4th7
5th6
6th5
7th4
8th3
9th2
10th1
Consistency
Number of Seasons in Top-10Points Towards Dominance Score
10
25
310
415

For each category below, you'll see a table with four main columns. The first column – Rank – essentially tells you which player has been the most dominant in that category over the last few years. It's based on the Dominance Score you see in the right-most column. The third column – NHL Leaderboard Rank – shows you where a player ranked within the top-10 for each of the last fou