Friday, November 1, 2013

Primary Points


I recently discovered the website extraskater.com, if you like in depth hockey statistics you'll love it.
On the site, you can sort NHL players into many different categories of stats from Percentage of Powerplay or Shorthanded time on the ice a player spends, ratio of penalties drawn and taken, and probably my favourite one, Primary Points. This stat is the total of a player's goals and Primary Assists. It's scoring leaders without those sometimes undeserving, uncalled-for Secondary Assists.

NHL Primary Points Leaders thru Oct 31

Phil Kessel               16
Steven Stamkos       15
Daniel Sedin             15
Sidney Crosby          14
Alex Steen                14
Frans Nielsen            14
Logan Couture          13
Patrick Marleau         13
Corey Perry              13
Henrik Sedin             11
Martin St.Louis         11
Matt Duchene           11
James vanRiemsdyk  11
Alex Ovechkin          10
Joe Pavelski              10
Jiri Hudler                 10
Jonathan Toews        10
Jason Spezza            10
Tyler Seguin             10
Henrik Zetterberg     10
Pavel Datsyuk          10
Joffrey Lupul            10
Patrick Kane            10
Tomas Hertl             10
Sean Monahan         10
Mikhail Grabovski    10

Some interesting numbers here. Crosby has so far collected 7 Secondary Assists dropping him from first in actual points to fourth in Primary Points. Henrik Sedin also has 7 Secondary helpers dropping him from second to tenth in scoring. Every one of Ovechkin's five assists are Secondary and NONE of Daniel Sedin's 9 helpers are Secondary. Also, none of Corey Perry, Mikhail Grabovski and Sean Monahan's assists are Secondary ones.

Last season, NHL scoring leader Martin St.Louis had what seems like a high number of 26 Secondary assists with only 17 Primary ones. His Primary points total of 34 ranked him only 19th in the NHL. Definitely a fun stat to pay attention to as the season progresses.



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