Time for the eagerly-awaited (using an entirely fabricated definition of the word "eagerly") end-of-season update to the WPEF rankings.
For the full, more-complicated-than-it-needs-to-be explanation behind this, follow the LINK to the original blog on this.
As a simplified explanation, WPEF (Weighted Point Efficiency Factor) is a measure of how well a player scores points taking into account:
- Number of minutes that player gets to play
- How those minutes and the points the player gets are split between even-strength, powerplay and short-handed situations (PP points being less valuable or well-earned than ES points, which are in turn less valuable than SH points)
The list below is the top 100 players ranked by WPEF over the 2008/09 NHL regular season. It excludes anyone who scored fewer than 20 points in the season – it gets a bit distorted for low points, low minutes players. You can see that players with relatively more ESPs and SHPs and those with fewer minutes per game benefit at the expense of PP hogs who play more.
Not perfect, but gives a pretty decent picture of a few players who do pick up the tougher points with limited minutes though.
- After a long run in top spot, the Bongomeister himself, Alexander Semin, is controversially squeezed out by the late, but not especially long charge of Marian Gaborik. Could Gaborik sustain that scoring pace over a whole season? Doubtful. Could he even avoid twanging his groin for longer than a week? Who knows...
- Gaborik's abbreviated effort would also place him atop the WPEF rankings stretching back to 1997/98 (beating the 1.16 by Peter Forsberg in 02/03 and Daniel Alfredsson in 07/08 - all helpfully illustrated HERE) - Semin and Zach Parise also managing to join the hallowed "1.00 Club", previously entered only 33 times in 10 years
- A handful of players (Rene Bourque, Alex Burrows, Andrew Ladd, Craig Conroy) stand out as players who have produced a decent number of points with relatively little ice-time and hardly any PP time
- Is the Big Three really the Big Five? Parise and Datsyuk have favourable WPEF numbers compared to Malkin, Crosby and Ovechkin - and particularly noticeable that they get around two minutes less per game on the PP than those three do