The main thing in the National Hockey League is to determine the owner of the highest award – the coveted Stanley Cup.
But the season is more than winning, losing and drawing. There are also “small” things often discussed by coaches and players.
Using NHL statistics, NHL.com presents its awards to the best in the 1999-2000 season, based on this comprehensive statistics. Here are the leaders in the seven most important statistical categories – match time on average per match, power receptions, percentage of effectiveness, interceptions, throws, the percentage of winning face-offs and the number of face-offs.
Let’s name these awards “Statis”
There is a reason why Pavel Bure won Maurice Richard Trophy for the greatest number of thrown washers in 1999-2000 – he did not hesitate to throw at goal. Note that, of course, the puck must enter the goal, so that the player will win this prize.
In 74 games, Bure cast 360 times and in 58 cases his throws reached their goal. Tattooing goalkeepers with a puck, it seems the family trait Bure, as his brother Valery inflicted 308 shots on goal and scored 35 times. The nearest to Paul in this category are defender Los Angeles Kings Rob Blake with 327, and striker Paul Kariya from Anaheim with 324. This is the season.
In the playoffs, the Bure brothers formula was successfully used by Brett Hull in the Dallas Stars. He made the most shots – 79 in 23 games and was leading in the league with 11 goals in the playoffs. Immediately behind him is Claude Lemieux with 78 throws.
If Damien Brunner was an ordinary NHL rookie, he could fully claim the Calder Trophy.
However, he is not the standard league first year. Brunner is older (26 years), more mature, more experienced, because he spent no season in the professional Swiss league.
Percentage of hits
Another way to win is quality and not quantity.
Take Dan Trebil from Pittsburgh. In three games, he scored a goal with one of his two throws. Not bad, 50% accuracy!
Sorry Dan, still we’ll consider guys who have worked more than you. Such as the newcomer to Colorado – Alex Tangway.
A talented newcomer who realized 23% of his throws, who scored 17 goals, leaving 74 times in 74 games. A little behind Mike Eastwood from St. Louis – 22.9%, but 19 goals in 79 games. The third best is Alexander Selivanov from Edmonton Oilers (27 goals and only 122 shots in 67 games).
In the playoff achievement Trebila significantly improved Ricard Persson from St. Louis, who threw just once, but effectively. In Pittsburgh, this was John Slaine. But among those who got into the gate clearly not by accident, I want to note Jan Grdin from Pittsburgh who scored four of nine shots, with an indicator of 44.40%. Scott Young of the Blues was just as good (6 out of 15). They are followed by comrades in San Jose – Owen Nolan (8 of 32) and Mike Ricci (5 of 20) with 25%. From the finalists of the Stanley Cup, Peter Sikora showed the best result in New Jersey (9 out of 45).
Time on ice
Defenders are the kings of ice time. Chris Pronger – out of competition for the time spent by him on the court on average per game during the season. The owner of Hart Trophy and the best defender spent on the ice for 30:14 minutes per game. The same with Sergei Zubov (28:50) and Niklas Lidstrom (28:44). Defenders dominate in this category.
During the regular season, the first 25 places in this category are defenders. Behind them – forward Pavel Bure with 24:23 minutes of ice time per game. In the playoffs, only the alignment has changed. It’s a pity, but we will not take into consideration the game of penguin beginner Michal Rozshival from 30:29, because he played only two games. Among the players who regularly appear on the ice, Lidstrom is the first with 30:26 and Pronger with 30:08 minutes for the game. Other notable defenders of the playoffs are Rob Blake and Ray Burke, respectively 29:59 and 29:37. Among the finalists of the Stanley Cup are Darien Hatcher and Sergei Zubov (27:39 and 26:26), Scott Niedermayer and Scott Stevens (25:27 and 25:23)
During the season, Brendan Witt of the Capitals spent an average of one power every 5 minutes of his playing time. This – 77 games, an average of 25:32 minutes, hence 322. The title of the champion for the NHL version!
Behind him go Zdeno Chara from the Islanders from 309 and Ken Klee from Washington with 307 power tricks.
In the playoffs, the power struggle king was Darien Hatcher, who spent 111 games in 23 games. Behind him is teammate Richard Matvichuk with 103 and Scott Thornton with 89. Next are Stevens, Lemieux and Holick of Devils. Stevens is not the first, but it seems to me, the most effective (and effective) power player.