Frozen Tool Forensics: Most Valuable Left Wing

Chris Kane

2022-05-20

The first round of playoff matchups have wrapped, and we will return to them in a couple of weeks for some takeaways, but for now we are going to continue our review of the most valuable player at each position. Thus far we have covered centers and right wings. This week we are moving on to left wings.

Quick notes on data from first article:

For the purposes of this article, we are going to use standard Yahoo point scoring to come up with a value for each player. That (unfortunately) includes plus/minus, and categories like hits and penalty minutes in addition to goals, assists, and power-play points…The draft position data was pulled from Yahoo at the start of the season, and only for the top 200 players. 200 was picked as it is a round number that is a reasonable (if slightly low) approximation for a lot of leagues and it is a pain to export data from Yahoo. It also will not completely match Yahoo's current ADPs as those will take into account drafts that took place once the year began….Oh and we are pulling all of the season data from Frozen Tool's Multi-Cat report to ensure we get those hits, blocks, PIMs, and plus/minus.

Who were 2021-22's highest scoring left wings?

NamePosTeamGPPTS/GFantasy PtsFantasy Rank
BRADY TKACHUKLOTT790.85832.23
JONATHAN HUBERDEAULFLA801.44831.24
JOHNNY GAUDREAULCGY821.40752.58
KIRILL KAPRIZOVLMIN811.33748.910
ANDREI SVECHNIKOVLCAR780.88742.811

Overall our top five left wings are ranked much higher than our right wings. Our 5th ranked right wing was 45th, and honorable mentions went to Joe Pavelski (50), Sam Reinhart (53), and David Pastrnak (59). For left wings we honorable mention goes to Brad Marchand (16), Alex Ovechkin (17), Chris Kreider (20), Filip Forsberg (30), Kevin Fiala (32), Jake Guentzel (33), and Gabriel Landeskog (36)  all in the top 36 (so ranked higher than our fifth ranked right winger) and