You Like Me! You Really Like Me! ... Part II

Per a great suggestion in the comments for Part I, I want to take a more robust data set for this study from NHL.com, which like Yahoo Sports gives the opportunity to "Like" a player (in addition to the ability to "unlike" them).  Before I jump into that, I want to talk briefly about the differences in the data sets.  The correlation between the Yahoo "Likes" and the NHL.com "Likes" was pretty strong (0.74), and it was consistent across the positions, with forwards and defensemen at 0.74, and goaltenders at 0.73.  In both data sets, the ratio of "Likes" from goaltenders, forwards, to defensemen was roughly 3:2:1, so it looks like there wasn't an extraordinary difference in the perception of positional value when going from one to the other.

Of course, there were individual case disparities, as you'll see here.  First, the Yahoo "Like" Rankings, with accompanying NHL.com "Like" Rankings...

Y! Rank Player Team Y! Likes NHL.com Rank
1 Sean Avery NYR 163 35
2 Sidney Crosby PIT 157 2
3 Steven Stamkos TBL 122 7
4 Alex Ovechkin WSH 112 1
5 Patrick Sharp CHI 84 21
6 Claude Giroux PHI 75 30
7 Tim Thomas BOS 67 24
8 Jaroslav Halak STL 63 16
9 Dustin Byfuglien ATL 60 56
9 Jeff Skinner CAR 60 15
11 Jonathan Toews CHI 57 3
12 Ilya Kovalchuk NJD 55 29
13 Pavel Datsyuk DET 54 12
14 P.K. Subban MTL 53 6
15 Kris Letang PIT 50 31
16 Patrick Kane CHI 47 3
16 Teemu Selanne ANH 47 19
18 Dany Heatley SJS 46 88
18 Alexander Semin WSH 46 58
20 Evgeni Malkin PIT 45 14
20 Antti Niemi SJS 45 104
22 Kris Versteeg PHI 43 368
22 Wojtek Wolski NYR 43 325
24 Marc-Andre Fleury PIT 42 20
24 Nicklas Lidstrom DET 42 25

Yeah, Versteeg and Wolski, get out of there.  Then, the NHL.com "Like" Rankings, with accompanying Yahoo "Like" Rankings...

NHL.com Rank Player Team NHL.com Likes Y! Rank
1 Alex Ovechkin WSH 10351 4
2 Sidney Crosby PIT 6412 2
3 Jonathan Toews CHI 5683 11
3 Patrick Kane CHI 5683 16
5 Roberto Luongo VAN 5197 39
6 P.K. Subban MTL 5137 14
7 Steven Stamkos TBL 4826 3
8 Carey Price MTL 4807 28
9 Alexandre Burrows VAN 4496 142
10 Henrik Sedin VAN 4413 91
11 Mike Cammalleri MTL 3809 74
12 Pavel Datsyuk DET 3733 13
13 Mats Zuccarello NYR 2937 42
14 Evgeni Malkin PIT 2829 20
15 Jeff Skinner CAR 2805 9
16 Jaroslav Halak STL 2736 8
17 Ryan Miller BUF 2506 32
18 Tyler Seguin BOS 2457 47
19 Teemu Selanne ANH 2454 16
20 Marc-Andre Fleury PIT 2308 24
21 Patrick Sharp CHI 2284 5
22 Ryan Kesler VAN 2267 142
23 Henrik Zetterberg DET 2144 28
24 Tim Thomas BOS 2102 7
25 Nicklas Lidstrom DET 2065 24

The most marked difference I see is the larger number of Canadian teams on the latter list.  Contrary to popular belief, Canadians do have computers.  Kind of funny to see Burrows and Seguin up there...

Other fun facts: the entire country of Norway voted for Zuccarello, and Daniel Sedin has about half the number of "Likes" that Henrik received.  Unnamed sources have told me that women find Henrik far more attractive.

And now, the team-by-team leaders, Yahoo and NHL.com...

Team Y! Leader # NHL.com Leader #
ANA Teemu Selanne 47 Selanne 2454
ATL Dustin Byfuglien 60 Byfuglien 1206
BOS Tim Thomas 67 Seguin 2457
BUF Ryan Miller 38 Miller 2506
CAL Jarome Iginla 25 Iginla 1636
CAR Jeff Skinner 60 Skinner 2805
CHI Patrick Sharp 84 Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews 5683
CLB Rick Nash 25 Nash 987
COL Matt Duchene 25 Duchene 1681
DAL Jamie Benn, Alex Goligoski 23 Brad Richards 635
DET Pavel Datsyuk 54 Datsyuk 3733
EDM Taylor Hall 29 Hall 1981
FLA Marty Reasoner 26 Tomas Vokoun 254
LAK Anze Kopitar 28 Kopitar 1518
MIN Martin Havlat 18 Cal Clutterbuck 701
MON P.K. Subban 53 Subban 5137
NJD Ilya Kovalchuk 55 Kovalchuk 1951
NSH Mike Fisher 28 Shea Weber 845
NYI Doug Weight 19 John Tavares 1052
NYR Sean Avery 163 Mats Zuccarello 2937
OTT Erik Karlsson 14 Karlsson 824
PHI Claude Giroux 75 Giroux 1928
PHX Ilya Bryzgalov 21 Bryzgalov 461
PIT Sidney Crosby 157 Crosby 6412
SJS Dany Heatley 46 Joe Pavelski 1168
STL Jaroslav Halak 63 Halak 2736
TBL Steven Stamkos 122 Stamkos 4826
TOR Phil Kessel 27 James Reimer 1687
VAN Roberto Luongo 36 Luongo 5197
WSH Alex Ovechkin 112 Ovechkin 10351

Reimer love runs deep.  And apparently the NHL.com crowd is not yet smitten with Fisherwood.  Next intstallment we'll look at teams a bit more.

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