Frozen Tool Forensics: Measuring Peripheral Fantasy Hockey Catagories

Chris Kane

2021-08-27

This week we are going to switch gears a little bit and turn our attention to our peripheral categories. This miniseries will divide up our skaters into forwards and defensemen and take a look at top performers in various categories and which players excel across multiple categories.

This week on Frozen Tool Forensics: Multicategory Forwards

In terms of process, Frozen Tools has an excellent report for digging in here, Multi-Category.

This report includes the usual scoring categories, plus hits, blocks, penalty minutes, and plus minus. For the purposes of this article, we are going to be focusing on hits, blocks, and to some extent shots – and using the season data from 2020-21.

To get a bit more specific with the data, I exported the report and translated the stats to per game numbers so that they could be comparable across the players. I also put in a 15-game cutoff to eliminate those players with very small sample sizes.

First up, let's take a look at the leaders of our stat categories. Below we have the top five forwards in hits per game.

NamePosTeamGPPTS/GSOG/GHits/GBlocks/G
BRADY TKACHUKLOTT560.643.934.430.41
BRANDON TANEVLSEA320.501.344.341.03
TYLER MOTTECVAN240.381.674.171.17
CAL CLUTTERBUCKRNYI500.221.003.820.46
RYAN REAVESRNYR370.140.703.810.41

The next table is our top five for blocks per game – though granted most of the blocks value will come from your defensemen.

NamePosTeamGPPTS/GSOG/GHits/GBlocks/G
NOEL ACCIARICFLA