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If anybody has read any of my blogs they may have realized that I love stats. My day job has been pretty slow lately so I spend alot of time scanning NHL.com and hockeybuzz. My newest here is compiling a list of the early season power players. I have ranked them by counting goals as 2 points and assists as 1.

WP is weighted points
WP/G is weighted points per game

Player Team GP G A P WP WP/G
1 Antti Miettinen MIN 4 5 2 7 12 3.00
2 Alexander Semin WSH 6 6 4 10 16 2.67
3 Thomas Vanek BUF 6 7 2 9 16 2.67
4 Mikko Koivu MIN 4 1 8 9 10 2.50
5 Keith Tkachuk STL 5 6 0 6 12 2.40
6 Marc Savard BOS 6 5 4 9 14 2.33
7 Milan Hejduk COL 6 6 2 8 14 2.33
8Fabian Brunnstrom DAL 4 4 1 5 9 2.25
9 Brad Boyes STL 5 4 3 7 11 2.20
10 Phil Kessel BOS 6 6 1 7 13 2.17
11 Saku Koivu MTL 6 3 6 9 12 2.00
12 Patrick Kane CHI 6 4 4 8 12 2.00
13 Patrick Sharp CHI 6 4 4 8 12 2.00
14 Paul Kariya STL 5 1 8 9 10 2.00
15 Jason Spezza OTT 5 3 4 7 10 2.00
16 Dany Heatley OTT 5 4 2 6 10 2.00
17Tomas Holmstrom DET 5 5 0 5 10 2.00
18 Evgeni Malkin PIT 7 2 9 11 13 1.86
19 Paul Stastny COL 6 1 9 10 11 1.83
20 Ales Kotalik BUF 6 4 3 7 11 1.83
21 Rick Nash CBJ 6 5 1 6 11 1.83
22 Simon Gagne PHI 5 4 1 5 9 1.80
23 Shea Weber NSH 6 3 4 7 10 1.67
24 Kristian Huselius CBJ 6 3 4 7 10 1.67
25 Bryan Little ATL 6 4 2 6 10 1.67
26 Jonathan Cheechoo SJS 6 4 2 6 10 1.67
27 Mike Green WSH 6 4 2 6 10 1.67
28 Ryan Smyth COL 6 4 2 6 10 1.67

After 4 games Minnesota has 2 out of the top 4 strongest players in the league. Lets see if they can continue their hot hand. Noticeably missing from this list is Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. Using these weighted scores last year there was only 1 player over 2 WP/G. Ovechkin. Any predictions on who will finish strongest this year?
I think Malkin rises to the top followed closely by Vanek.
Filed Under:   power   rankings   ovechkin   crosby   vanek   airtsabes  
October 22, 2008 11:01 AM ET | Delete
The two players I really see maintaining their level of play right now are Semin and Vanek. Crosby and Ovechkin have been extremely quiet; I can't imagine that would last for as long especially when both their clubs are doing well. If Malkin is overshadowing Crosby, Semin has been doing the same to Ovechkin. and lol I don't know anything about Miettenen, but I guess I'll find out in the Sabres-Wild game on Thursday.
October 22, 2008 11:11 AM ET | Delete
I agree about Crosby and Ovechkin. They are too good of players not to be near the top. Granted these rankings are biased towards goals. (Crosby has 1G 8A in 7 games) I don't know too much about Miettenen either but hopefully we can cool him off.
October 23, 2008 2:34 PM ET | Delete
I live in the present and don't try to predict the future!
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