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HABS: Player-by-player Possession Ratings in Game 1

By Kicks @Chrisboucher73
The top offensive-players on any team create the most scoring-chances. The most efficient offensive-players create the most scoring-chances per-offensive-touch. An offensive-touch is defined as any play  a player attempts while in possession of the puck. Plays used in this calculation include; passes, dekes, dump-ins, and shots. Scoring-chances included in this post reflect only those scoring-chances where the player indicated has been directly involved in the creation of the chance, and not just on the ice.
This post will attempt to rate players based on their ability to create offense. The first graph communicates the number of scoring-chances each player creates at EVEN-STRENGTH for every 1 attempted offensive-touch. The RED line shows their ratio during regular season games played after the Olympics, while the GREEN line displays their ratio in game 1 versus the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Thomas Vanek was able to help create the most even-strength scoring-chances per possession-play in game 1. Daniel Briere, David Desharnais, Dale Weise, Michael Bournival, and Max Pacioretty also had strong games.
Among defensemen, Josh Gorges, and Alexei Emelin helped create the most scoring-chance per-possession play.

This next graph is an attempt to rate each player's ability to create offense by multiplying the number of scoring-chances they create for every 1 attempted offensive-touch by the number of offensive-touches they contribute per-minute of even-strength ice-time. In theory, the players who rate high using this system not only create more scoring-chances per-offensive-touch, they also engage in more offensive-touches per-minute played. This takes how efficient a player is and combines it with how often they have possession of the puck.
Players who are more efficient (scoring-chances/offensive-touch), and more involved (offensive-touch/minute played) are more likely to create offense than players who rate lower.
Vanek had the top ES possession rating in game 1; followed by Briere, Desharnais, and Pacioretty.  Gorges had the top possession rating among d-men.

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