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How do certain members of the Winnipeg Jets match up with the All-Stars?

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Comparing the results of the Jets top performers and the All-Star roster.

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Over at Hockey-Graphs, I recently wrote an article breaking down how the All-Star lines would look like if you (mostly) made them by the numbers. It wasn't a serious article, but just a bit of fun since that's apparently what this week is about.

Of course I didn't want the fun to stop there. I already had done the work so why not add the Winnipeg Jets top players in the mix and see how they compare to these elites in results since the 2013-14 season to present.

The Forwards

Player GP TOI P/60 dCorsi dCorsi/60 Corsi% relCorsi% SCF% relSCF%
Patrice Bergeron 139 1846.6 2.2 530.36 17.23 61.3 9.3 62.4 12.0
Jakub Voracek 137 1811.8 2.1 168.62 5.58 55.2 7.5 54.7 8.2
Vladimir Tarasenko 116 1539.4 2.5 120.26 4.69 57.7 6.5 59.4 11.5
Jonnathan Toews 142 1941.1 2.2 131.22 4.06 58.9 5.4 58.2 5.1
Tyler Seguin 132 1873.1 2.8 33.07 1.06 53.6 3.1 55.0 5.0
Rick Nash 134 1733.7 2.2 23.49 0.81 52.4 1.5 54.5 4.3
Ryan Getzlaf 135 1925.0 3.0 1.77 0.06 51.5 0.6 52.0 2.3
Patrick Elias 102 1279.1 1.6 -3.79 -0.18 56.1 0.4 52.1 -1.1
Filip Forsberg 58 726.8 2.2 -7.44 -0.61 54.9 4.2 55.9 3.6
Tyler Johson 132 1739.4 2.4 -18.00 -0.62 53.0 0.1 53.3 0.9
Johnny Gaudrea 47 609.1 2.2 -22.71 -2.24 46.2 2.2 46.3 2.2
John Tavares 105 1628.5 2.2 -220.55 -8.13 51.8 0.9 51.1 0.4
Anze Kopitar 152 2119.4 2.0 185.66 5.26 59.3 4.3 57.0 4.4
Claude Giroux 136 2010.1 1.9 150.42 4.49 53.4 5.3 52.6 5.4
Nick Foligno 119 1613.6 2.0 73.17 2.72 51.0 2.6 53.2 5.6
Radim Vrbata 122 1668.7 1.5 -6.25 -0.22 51.6 0.9 48.0 -0.2
Ryan Johansen 133 1812.9 1.9 -16.11 -0.53 49.8 0.9 50.6 1.8
Zemgus Girgensons 117 1543.5 1.4 -36.24 -1.41 40.5 0.6 42.5 3.5
Steven Stamkos 89 1316.8 2.4 -36.50 -1.66 54.2 1.6 54.5 1.7
Alex Ovechkin 124 1860.6 1.6 -51.94 -1.67 51.4 2.9 51.0 2.2
Phil Kessel 130 2017.6 2.3 -182.62 -5.43 44.2 0.4 43.4 -0.3
Bobby Ryan 113 1490.1 2.2 -138.76 -5.59 50.1 -1.9 49.5 -0.6
Ryan Nugent Hopkins 125 1880.4 1.7 -186.42 -5.95 46.3 1.6 48.0 3.0
Patrick Kane 135 2074.7 2.4 -299.72 -8.67 54.8 -0.6 52.7 -2.9










Player GP TOI P/60 dCorsi dCorsi/60 Corsi% relCorsi% SCF% relSCF%
Mathieu Perreault 114 1364.7 2.2 105.19 4.62 54.2 2.9 55.1 5.4
Michael Frolik 129 1771.4 1.9 91.77 3.11 53.1 2.9 53.5 2.8
Bryan Little 130 1766.0 2.1 79.62 2.71 52.9 2.7 52.9 2.1
Andrew Ladd 126 1717.8 2.1 34.73 1.21 52.6 2.2 53.2 2.7
Evander Kane 96 1435.8 1.8 12.17 0.51 52.2 2.6 52.9 2.3
Blake Wheeler 130 1816.4 2.0 -10.35 -0.34 52.1 1.5 53.3 2.5

A quick review for those that don't know the numbers. Games played and Time On Ice are pretty self explanatory. Points per sixty minutes is just that. Corsi% is simply the percentage of shot attempts a team controls with said player on the ice. relCorsi is how much better a team does in Corsi percentage with the player on the ice rather than on the bench. dCorsi and dCorsi/60 are just measurements of how that player performs in those statistics relative to expectations given their usage. Scoring Chances (SCF) is just Corsi with some adjustments by shot location, rebounds, and shots from the rush to add in shot quality, which tends to be a bit better predictor for forwards. Fenwick is removing blocked shots which tends to be better for defensemen. The numbers are 5v5, which does underrate elite power play producers like Alexander Ovechkin.

The Jets do not have a dominant possession centre like Patrice Bergeron or Jonathan Toews, nor do they sport a elite scorer like Ryan Getzlaf or Tyler Seguin. However, the Jets do have a lot of depth that makes them comparable to some of the best in the business.

Sorry that the tables aren't sortable, but you can do it yourself on a spreadsheet if you copy and paste.

Matthieu Perreault shows how much he's been underrated and why he's a major factor in the Jets improved performance this year. Michael Frolik also adds a golden star for Kevin Cheveldayoff. Both are strong two-way players while also adding a bit of scoring punch.

The trio of Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little, and Blake Wheeler are consistently underrated and are sold off as not top line caliber by outsiders. The truth could not be further. Ladd and Little perform well above expectations in shot metrics while Wheeler adds the line a scoring touch.

Evander Kane despite his slumping offensive numbers this season (which have been rising quickly lately) also put him near the top performers in the world.

The Defenders

It's a little unfair, since the Jets best defenseman is on the All-Star roster. Still, he's pretty good and may be underrated relative to the rest of the roster.

Player GP TOI P/60 dCorsi dCorsi/60 Corsi% relCorsi% Fenwick% relFen%
Kevin Shattenkirk 133 2149.1 0.9 118.58 3.31 55.5 3.3 56.5 5.3
Dustin Byfuglien 66 1986.0 1.2 64.50 2.81 52.3 5.0 51.6 2.5
Duncan Keith 144 2668.6 1.3 100.55 2.26 56.4 2.2 55.3 1.2
Oliver Ekman-Larsson 126 2150.9 0.8 58.36 1.63 50.1 0.2 49.0 -0.4
Drew Doughty 151 2895.0 0.8 78.35 1.62 57.6 2.5 56.3 1.8
Brent Burns 48 1884.7 1.3 43.62 1.39 52.9 1.5 51.8 1.8
Mark Giordano 111 1979.1 1.2 382.07 11.6 50.5 7.7 50.8 6.3
Justin Faulk 122 2151.6 1.0 72.39 2.0 51.7 1.7 50.8 0.9
Brent Seabrook 145 2510.9 1.1 15.32 0.4 55.8 0.7 55.1 0.6
Aaron Ekblad 44 748.3 1.4 -1.02 -0.1 54.4 3.0 54.8 3.2
Shea Weber 124 2475.4 1.0 -163.31 -4.0 49.2 -2.2 50.6 -0.8
Ryan Suter 137 2954.4 0.7 -232.84 -4.7 51.2 0.4 51.6 0.2










Player GP TOI P/60 dCorsi dCorsi/60 Corsi% relCorsi% Fenwick% relFen%
Grant Clitsome 56 876.9 1.0 55.96 3.8 52.3 3.2 51.3 1.3
Paul Postma 61 814.7 0.4 33.96 2.5 52.6 -1.0 51.4 -1.8
Jacob Trouba 97 1619.5 0.9 -37.28 -1.4 50.4 -0.8 50.3 -1.3
Tobias Enstrom 111 1825.5 0.7 -46.76 -1.5 50.6 0.2 51.1 0.4
Zach Bogosian 88 1532.3 0.8 -89.09 -3.5 50.3 -0.5 50.2 -0.8

Grant Clitsome and Paul Postma were added to the list not because they are elite, but for two other reasons. Firstly, they are severely underrated and under appreciated for how they perform. Yes, they are not as good of players as the guys above them, but they do their job well. They are playing easier minutes but they do relatively well in them.

Secondly (and relatedly), the Jets are likely giving their top defenders too heavy of a workload. dCorsi helps indicate whether or not a player is meeting expectations giving their usage. It would likely benefit the team overall if Paul Maurice trusted his bottom guys like Paul Postma a bit more and eased things off a bit for Zach Bogosian et al.

Technically this has been happening with the return of Dustin Byfuglien. Byfuglien is an elite defender who has been surpassing expectations, despite playing with a (formidable) AHL call-up in tough minutes. For those curious, Byfuglien's dCorsi as a forward was a grotesque -8.0 per sixty.

It's amazing that Trouba has done as well as he has. In fact, there is a lot of evidence that he has surpassed Bogosian already, even with Mark Stuart as an anchor. The Jets should probably place Enstrom with Trouba as the second instead of the current set up. Unfortunately for Enstrom, the Swedish defenders numbers have fallen a bit away from Byfuglien.

For those curious as to why Shea Weber's and Ryan Suter's numbers are so low, there is a great article on Sports Illustrated that dissected video showing how much the two relied on each other in moving the puck out of their zone and why they have struggled since being split. It is something that needs to be discussed more in hockey analytics, on how results are impacted on things other than usage and skill. Chemistry in terms of certain skill sets accenting each other is an important factor as well. The Jets have experienced the opposite of this chemistry when Mark Stuart and Jay Harrison were placed together.