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:
|14||Martin St. Louis||X||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.