What advanced stats tell us about the NHL's top performers this season
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Regardless of where you stand in the analytics-versus-eye-test debate that's encompassed the hockey world over the past several years, advanced statistics in the NHL undeniably create some interesting talking points.
For example: How can a 29-year-old with under 90 NHL contests to his name rank in the same breath as two of the most prolific goal scorers the league has to offer? Well, let's find out.
Below are five individual-based advanced statistics and the five league-leaders in that category so far in the 2017-18 season, followed by a few takeaways to digest what we learned.
(All stats at 5-on-5, minimum 200 minutes. Per 60: 60 minutes of even-strength play. All stats courtesy: Corsica)
Goals per 60
Nikita Kucherov (TB)
Alex Ovechkin (WSH)
Brock Boeser (VAN)
Brian Gibbons (NJ)
William Karlsson (VGK)
Gibbons, the aforementioned anomaly, leads the NHL in shooting percentage by a wide margin (19.51 percent on all attempts), and probably won't find himself beside the league's elite as the season wears on.
Perhaps most impressive is Boeser, as the Canucks rookie is now up to 15 goals in 29 career games.
Only two players eclipsed 1.5 goals per 60 last season, so expect some regression from everyone.