NHL 500: Ranking the Top 100 Overall Players

October 28th, 2015 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »
This is the final piece in our NHL 500 project, the most comprehensive ranking of its kind. We started with individual positional breakdowns—now we tackle the top 100 players in a single list. 

For those who haven't followed the series, an explanation of what we are looking for here may be helpful. We can explain it with one question: Taking into account the available evidence, what would a reasonable person expect from every player in the league in the coming year? 

Our analysis is primarily rooted in major league work, which means we’re omitting rookies, so don’t go looking for Connor McDavid or Sam Bennett. We don’t care about contracts or long-term trade value. We don’t care about what happened last year, except insofar as it predicts what will happen in the coming year.

Our process leans heavily on analytics courtesy of War-on-Ice.com, Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com and Corey Sznajder's work on zone entries, and involves creating a 100-point scale for every position. A grade of 50 indicates an average player at his position, with a higher total obviously being better. Ties were broken bas ...

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