Each year I take upon myself the task of ranking the top 20 players at each position, a thankless task but an enjoyable exercise. To do this, I don’t just go by points or wins over replacement or one metric, but by trying to look at the player’s contribution as a whole.
While we may not be blessed with uber-detailed statistics on the use of NHL front offices, we humble members of the public have more resources than most people realize, and I use them all. This includes TopDownHockey Wins’ top replacement model and Corey Sznajder’s hand-tracked microstats. Combined, these metrics allow us to get a better picture of what players can and will contribute. They are very useful for this type of analysis.
Yesterday I kicked things off with Left Wings, a historically underappreciated space with many headline stars this year. Today I move to the right wings.