Florida Panthers - Player Power Rankings
With the season down to only more two games, and me forgetting to do an Ups and Downs last week, I decided to try something new. Every week at Hockey Prospectus, they have weekly power rankings listing the best players in the NHL by GVT.
GVT stands for Goals Versus Threshold, a stat developed by Tom Awad of Hockey Prospectus that measures a player's value in comparison to an average AHL callup. The statistic works similar to baseball's Wins Above Replacement (WAR), but instead of wins, the player is measured in goals.
A player's GVT added together with three other GVT stats, Offensive GVT (or Goaltending GVT), Defensive GVT, and Shootout GVT.
More after the jump
- Offensive Goals Versus Threshold measures a player's ability to generate goals.
- Defensive Goals Versus Threshold measures a player's value at shot suppression.
- Shootout Goals Versus Threshold is a measure of a skater's or goaltender's value in the shootout./
Feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments
*These numbers are as of April 1, so the Winnipeg game is NOT included
|Rank (Overall) ||Player||OGVT||DGVT||SGVT||GVT|
|1 (94)||Jason Garrison||6.4||5.0||0.0||11.4|
It's a shame that people don't really talk about Garrison's defense. While he is second to Shea Weber and Erik Karlsson in goals by a defensemen (16) he is also second on the Panthers in blocked shots and third in hits (both at 124).
| 2 (106) || Brian Campbell ||8.2||2.6||0.0||10.8|
Campbell averages 26:55 of ice time a night, which is the most in the NHL, while playing in all 80 games (so far). He's second in the NHL in points by a defensemen (tied with Zdeno Chara), but still leads in powerplay assists by a defensemen (second in NHL to Claude Giroux).
| 3 (116) || Stephen Weiss ||5.6||4.5||0.2||10.3|
Weiss is tied with Wojtek Wolski for first in Panther shootout goals at three, two of them game deciding goals. He also leads the Panthers in plus/minus and Panther forwards in ice time at 20:30 (fourth on team).
| 4 (149) || Tomas Fleischmann ||7.3||3.0||-1.1||9.2|
Flash is having a career season in several categories. Career high in goals (27), assists (34), points (61), even strength goals (21), shots (213), blocked shots (33), and ice time (1526).
| 5 (159) || Kris Versteeg ||6.5||3.4||-1.1||8.8|
Versteeg is having his best offensive season since his rookie year in 2008-09, matching his point total that season (53). He also has set a career high in hits with 50.
| 6 (222) ||Dmitry Kulikov||3.4||2.7||0.5||6.7|
With an assist in last night's loss to Winnipeg, Kulikov has set a career high in points. What makes it impressive is he did it in only 56 games (played 74 last season). Makes you wonder what he can do with a full 82.
| 7 (289) ||Mike Weaver||-0.4||5.5||0.0||5.1|
Next in the trend of Panthers setting career highs is Mike Weaver. Mr. Sunshine has set a career high in assists (16), points (16), hits (112), and blocked shots (136). He's also twelfth on the team in points.
| 8 (330) ||Mikael Samuelsson||3.4||1.4||-0.3||4.2|
GVT doesn't split for players when they're traded, so a small percent of Samuelsson's numbers might be with the Canucks. Of Samuelsson's 24 points with the Panthers, ten have come from the powerplay (6G/4A).
| 9 (393) ||Shawn Matthias||1.0||2.4||-0.3||3.2|
Interesting to see Matthias as the second Panther to have a DGVT higher than his OGVT. Matthias matched his career high in hits with 50 and has set a career high in blocked shots with 38. Quite the grinder he is becoming.
| 10 (396) ||Marcel Goc||1.4||2.9||-1.1||3.1|
The Count has matched his season total in points from last season in four more games. Currently he has a career high in shooting percentage at 10.6 while having his second lowest shots in his career (94 this season, career low is 87 in 2007-08).
|Rank (Overall) ||Player||GGVT||DGVT||SGVT||GVT|
|1 (85)||Jose Theodore||12.9||-0.1||-1.1||11.7|
Theodore's March performance is one of the key reasons the Panthers are still on top in the Southeast. He was 5-4-4 with a 2.30 GAA and a .921 Sv%.
| 2 (797) ||Scott Clemmensen||-0.4||0.0||0.6||3.1|
Clemmensen has a .650 save percentage in the shootout, which is better than Theodore's (.622). While he has played in only three shootouts, he has won two of them.