Perpetually Underrated

Jonathan Willis
April 08 2009 02:33PM

Sedin twins

Gabriel Desjardin’s website, Behind the Net, is probably the most interesting site out there for people who like to see beyond the traditional measurements of player ability. One of the things he does is split powerplay production from even-strength production, and adjust it for ice-time.

The list of league leaders in points adjusted for ice-time at even-strength is an interesting one this year, and there are a couple of Canucks on it. Here are the top twelve:

  1. D. Brassard – 3.30 PTS/60
  2. R. Bourque – 3.20 PTS/60
  3. A. Semin – 3.11 PTS/60
  4. D. Sedin – 3.07 PTS/60
  5. E. Malkin – 3.04 PTS/60
  6. P. Datsyuk – 3.01 PTS/60
  7. S. Crosby – 3.01 PTS/60
  8. D. Krejci – 3.01 PTS/60
  9. Z. Parise – 2.99 PTS/60
  10. M .Savard – 2.97 PTS/60
  11. H. Sedin – 2.89 PTS/60
  12. A. Ovechkin – 2.84 PTS/60

Last year, Sidney Crosby led the league in this category, and he, Malkin and Ovechkin are the only players on this list two years in a row.

This list doesn’t show everything – there’s no balance provided for quality of teammates or opponents, and it doesn’t take the powerplay into account. Most of the really elite players in the league get a lot of their point production on the powerplay – an area where the Sedins are surprisingly average.

Still, many Canucks fans are giving credit to Ryan Kelser and Alex Burrows – and make no mistake, their play this season has been excellent – but overlooking career years at even strength by the Sedin twins.

For a more in-depth look at their even-strength dominance this year, I ran their combined numbers at Vic Ferrari’s Time On Ice site. Here’s their statistics when on the ice together at even-strength:

  • 56 goals for, 31 goals against (+25)
  • 588 shots for, 504 shots against (+84)
  • 1021 shots attempted, 825 shots attempted against (+196)

In that last category, also known as Corsi, no Canucks player outside of the twins’ frequent linemate Alex Burrows (+114) is even close. The next nearest players are Pavol Demitra (+43) and Ryan Kesler (+37). When you consider that the Sedins are matched against their opponents’ top line more than any other players on the Canucks are, it’s even more impressive.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#1 Sedinz
April 08 2009, 03:39PM
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Three articles on your first day!! This site is A-OK with me.

Interesting take on the Sedin bros here Jonathan (clearly I am biased :) ) I wonder how likely it is they will both be here at the end of the year? Thing is I could see them taking a substantial discount to remain playing with one another...

What do you think? I guess how the Canucks do in the playoffs will also have a large impact on their plans

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#2 Jonathan Willis
April 08 2009, 04:21PM
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Sedinz wrote:

Thing is I could see them taking a substantial discount to remain playing with one another…

I don't think they'll need to. If Vancouver's offer isn't to their liking, Toronto has plenty of cap space.

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#3 Chris
April 12 2009, 01:09AM
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Why Willis? I thought you bled blue?

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#4 Jonathan Willis
April 12 2009, 01:36AM
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@ Chris:

Somebody needs to write about the teams still in the playoffs ;) Besides, I've always respected the Sedins.

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