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Habs: Top Performers in Each Statistical Category (part 2)

By Kicks @Chrisboucher73
Tracking each event during a game allows us to quantify players' performances across multiple statistical categories. Below is  a list of the top performers among Montreal Canadiens players in each category we track.
Offensive-zone risk/reward rating is a representation of how well a player performs in the offensive-zone per-minute of ice-time. It takes into account all events tracked in the offensive-zone. Breaking this metric down to represent a value for each minute a player spends on the ice allows us to compare players more equally. Check the FAQ's at the top of the page for more information on risk/reward ratings.
Max Pacioretty has the Canadiens top offensive-zone risk/reward rating (0.54). He's followed by Lars Eller (0.49), Aaron Palushaj (0.45), and Scott Gomez (0.44). Andrei Markov and Tomas Kaberle are tied for the top o-zone risk/reward rating among defensemen (0.27)
Defensive-zone risk/reward rating is identical to offensive-zone risk/reward rating except in the fact that it only takes into account those events that take place in the defensive-zone.
PK Subban has far-and-away the best defensive-zone risk/reward rating. Subban's rating (1.18) is the product of an incredible amount of events, and a large amount of ice-time.  The only other Canadiens player with a d-zone rating above 1.00 is Kaberle. Kaberle's poor play without the puck is compensated by an incredibly high d-zone passing success-rate.
Eller has the top d-zone risk/reward rating among Habs forwards (0.68). Eller's rating is substantially higher than any other forward, and is the product of more d-zone events than any forward. Eller is simply far more involved than other forwards in the defensive-zone.
The three leaders in neutral-zone risk/reward rating on the Habs roster are all players with fewer events than their teammates. Andreas Engqvist, Frederic St. Denis and Blake Geoffrion all have high neutral-zone risk/reward rating. Due to lower event totals than other zones, neutral-zone risk/reward rating takes longer to stabilize.
Among players with substantial events, Scott Gomez and Tomas Plekanec have the highest neutral-zone risk/reward ratings. Centremen are normally puck-carriers, which explains their high n-zone ratings. PK Subban (another puck-carrier) has the top neutral-zone risk/reward rating among defensemen.
This category tracks the percentage of a player's total events that occur in the offensive-zone. This metric is position-heavy in the fact that centremen and defensemen usually engage in far more events than wingers. Obviously, forwards also engage in more o-zone events than d-men, while d-men engage in more d-zone events than forwards
Among centremen, forty-seven percent of David Desharnais' total events occur in the offensive-zone. Among wingers, fifty-one percent of Erik Cole's, Rene Bourque's and Aaron Palushaj's total events occur in the offensive-zone. Andrei Markov has the highest percentage among d-men, as 23% of number 79's total events occur in the offensive-zone.
Among defensemen, 72% of Chris Campoli's total events occur in the defensive-zone, while 70% of Josh Gorges' total events also occur in the d-zone. Among centremen, 39% of Petteri Nokelainen's total events occur in the defensive-zone, while among wingers, 41% of Michael Blunden's total events occur in the defensive-zone.

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