wprager wrote:SpezDispensed wrote:tim1_2 wrote:I think we can put a whole bunch of players in the "disappointing" category right now:
Karlsson's Defence (Mendes speculates that he's injured)
When the list is that long, it doesn't bode well for team success, especially when half your D are on there.
The D is struggling, but it's no coincidence that your list includes the entire 3rd line of the team. All that needs to be done is to look at point contributions of the third line on the top 8 teams in the league, then compare with us. It won't be pretty.
You sure about that?
Just for fun, I took the top 8 teams (based on winning percentage this turned out to be, in order from top to 8th: Rangers, Stars, Habs, Preds, Caps, Wild, Kings, Blues -- Ottawa was 13th, btw). Then I ranked their forwards by TOI/G and looked at the players in 7-9th, accounting for anomalies (e.g. Graovac was 8th or 9th in TOI/G but only played one game so I just took the next guy).
Granted, those are not necessarily always the third liners but without proper research it's the best I can do on short notice. And it's actually pretty accurate in most cases.
There are anomalies, for sure, such as the Habs' third liner Weise with 8 goals (and Eller with 6), and guys like Gaborik and Vanek racking up points playing third line minutes, but here's the production (just looking at goals for now) from the top 8:
AVG: 8.625 (take out Vanek, Weise and Eller and that average takes a steep tumble).
OTT: 8 (Pageau with 4, Lazar and Chiasson with 2 each)
Interesting, good work.