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League Leaders: Around the Net

This is thoroughly unscientific, but I couldn't think of a better way to combine the league leaders in deflections, hits, rebounds, takeaways, penalties drawn and wraparounds. So, in the spirit of corrupt Russian figure skating judges, I added together each player's league-wide rank in each category and threw out the highest and lowest figures. Ranking the players by lowest score gives us the following top 25:

Deflections Rebounds Takeaways Draw Pens Hits Wraps
1 Ryan Smyth X X X X
2 Eric Staal X X X X X
3 Zach Parise X X X X
4 Ryan Malone X X X
5 Alexander Ovechkin X X X X
6 Henrik Zetterberg X X X X
7 Rick Nash X X X
8 Vaclav Prospal X X X
9 Thomas Vanek X X X X
10 Sidney Crosby X X X
11 Andrew Brunette X X X
12 Jonathan Cheechoo X X X
13 Shane Doan X X X
14 Martin St. Louis X X X
15 Brian Gionta X X X
16 Olli Jokinen X X
17 Jarome Iginla X X X X
18 Mike Knuble X X
19 Alexander Frolov X X
20 Corey Perry X X
21 Justin Williams X X
22 Daniel Sedin X X
23 Chris Neil X X X
24 Mike Richards X
25 Dustin Brown X X

Players who ranked in the top 30 in the NHL in a given category have an 'X' under that heading. Offensive-zone hits are the least predictive of the six categories, followed by wraparounds. Ryan Smyth is the most complete player in these categories, with several top ten rankings - he fell just outside the top 30 in rebounds. Eric Staal and Zach Parise also have a broad skill-set, and if we just consider the first four ratings - excluding hits and wraparounds - Parise is #1 in the league. We can argue about the exact order of the top 10-20 players on this list, but it's clear that we've figured out basically who the best players in the league are around the other team's goal.