[Wild About Numbers]: Who Have Been The Wild's Best Even Strength Scorers This Season?

Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Relatively short and straight-forward piece for you guys today. I'm currently working on a really big stats project which is taking up a lot of my time. Hopefully I'll have that ready by the Olympics break. In the mean time, I'll be keeping things fairly basic in this article due to lack of time.

Today I'm gonna look at which Wild forwards and defencemen have been the most efficient scorers at even strength this years. I'll be ranking them by Goals/60 (per 60 minutes), Points/60 and Primary Points/60. Primary points are goals and first assists. I'll only be including players who have played at least 25% of the games this season (14 games). Please note, this data was compiled before the Tampa Bay game, so it's not 100% up to date.


Forwards

-Chart shows the amount of games each forward player, their ES Sh% and their G/60 (which it is sorted by):

Player

Pos.

Team

GP

Sh%

G/60

1

Justin Fontaine

R

Wild

50

16.4%

1.09

2

Jason Pominville

R

Wild

57

14.4%

1.07

3

Jason Zucker

L

Wild

19

8.3%

0.79

4

Matt Cooke

L

Wild

57

11.9%

0.67

5

Nino Niederreiter

R

Wild

57

7.5%

0.66

6

Zach Parise

L

Wild

42

6.7%

0.64

7

Erik Haula

L

Wild

23

9.1%

0.61

8

Mikko Koivu

C

Wild

44

7.5%

0.51

9

Dany Heatley

L

Wild

57

9.8%

0.5

10

Charlie Coyle

C

Wild

45

6.4%

0.46

11

Stephane Veilleux

L

Wild

24

16.7%

0.35

12

Mikael Granlund

C

Wild

44

5.7%

0.3

13

Zenon Konopka

C

Wild

36

7.1%

0.26

14

Kyle Brodziak

C

Wild

57

3.0%

0.16

15

Torrey Mitchell

C

Wild

53

2.6%

0.13

  • Justin Fontaine and his 16.4% shooting lead the way. It's gonna be interesting to see how Fonzy performs when his shooting luck deserts him for a while, because there's no way he keeps scoring at that rate.
  • Brodziak has a very good career Sh%, so I imagine he won't be shooting 3% for long. He seems to be lacking in confidence, which isn't helping.


-This chart is sorted by Points/60

Player

Pos.

Team

GP

P/60

1

Mikael Granlund

C

Wild

44

2.02

2

Jason Pominville

R

Wild

57

1.86

3

Matt Cooke

L

Wild

57

1.75

4

Justin Fontaine

R

Wild

50

1.63

5

Nino Niederreiter

R

Wild

57

1.56

6

Zach Parise

L

Wild

42

1.55

7

Mikko Koivu

C

Wild

44

1.46

8

Charlie Coyle

C

Wild

45

1.38

9

Erik Haula

L

Wild

23

1.23

10

Torrey Mitchell

C

Wild

53

1.2

11

Dany Heatley

L

Wild

57

1.08

12

Kyle Brodziak

C

Wild

57

1.03

13

Jason Zucker

L

Wild

19

0.79

14

Zenon Konopka

C

Wild

36

0.51

15

Stephane Veilleux

L

Wild

24

0.35

  • Mikael Granlund, the guy who was called garbage, too small and a bust before the start of the season, is scoring ES points at a faster rate than any other Wild player this season. This has been aided by Jason Pominville's lights-out shooting but still, the kid is doing a damn fine job.
  • Matt Cooke's scoring is very impressive, given his defensive role and minutes.


-This chart is sorted by Primary Points (P1)/60. That's goals and first assists:

Player

Pos.

Team

GP

P1/60

A/60

1

Jason Pominville

R

Wild

57

1.57

0.79

2

Matt Cooke

L

Wild

57

1.42

1.09

3

Justin Fontaine

R

Wild

50

1.41

0.54

4

Mikko Koivu

C

Wild

44

1.37

0.94

5

Nino Niederreiter

R

Wild

57

1.31

0.9

6

Mikael Granlund

C

Wild

44

1.31

1.72

7

Zach Parise

L

Wild

42

1.19

0.91

8

Dany Heatley

L

Wild

57

0.92

0.58

9

Charlie Coyle

C

Wild

45

0.83

0.92

10

Torrey Mitchell

C

Wild

53

0.8

1.07

11

Jason Zucker

L

Wild

19

0.79

0

12

Erik Haula

L

Wild

23

0.61

0.61

13

Zenon Konopka

C

Wild

36

0.51

0.26

14

Kyle Brodziak

C

Wild

57

0.48

0.87

15

Stephane Veilleux

L

Wild

24

0.35

0

  • Granlund and Parise fall down the rankings a bit here, while Miko Koivu jumps up to 4th.


-This table shows Shots/60, Fenwick For (individual unblocked shot attempts)/60 and Corsi For (shot attempts)/60. It is sorted by CF/60:

Player

Pos.

Team

GP

S/60

FF/60

CF/60

1

Jason Zucker

L

Wild

19

9.5

13.2

15.8

2

Zach Parise

L

Wild

42

9.5

11.9

15.1

3

Nino Niederreiter

R

Wild

57

8.7

11.6

13.8

4

Mikko Koivu

C

Wild

44

6.9

10.5

13.8

5

Jason Pominville

R

Wild

57

7.4

10.5

12.9

6

Stephane Veilleux

L

Wild

24

7.3

9.4

12.5

7

Erik Haula

L

Wild

23

6.7

9.5

11.6

8

Justin Fontaine

R

Wild

50

6.6

9.1

11.3

9

Kyle Brodziak

C

Wild

57

5.3

7.9

11

10

Charlie Coyle

C

Wild

45

7.2

8.5

10.6

11

Matt Cooke

L

Wild

57

5.6

7.8

10.5

12

Dany Heatley

L

Wild

57

5.1

7.1

9.5

13

Torrey Mitchell

C

Wild

53

5.2

6.7

9.5

14

Mikael Granlund

C

Wild

44

5.4

6.8

8.6

15

Zenon Konopka

C

Wild

36

3.6

5.4

6.4

  • These numbers give me a lot of hope for Jason Zucker's future development. He generates shot attempts at a faster rate than any other Wild player. Getting the puck on net more leads to more goals, so if he keeps doing this he will find himself lighting the lamp more and more.
  • Mikael Granlund just doesn't attempt enough shots. He's a great passer so it's understandable but when Torrey Mitchell is attempting shots more regularly than you, then there's a problem.



Defencemen

-Sorted by G/60:

Player

Pos.

Team

GP

Sh%

G/60

1

Nate Prosser

D

Wild

31

12.5%

0.29

2

Keith Ballard

D

Wild

36

9.1%

0.27

3

Jonas Brodin

D

Wild

54

10.0%

0.22

4

Marco Scandella

D

Wild

54

4.8%

0.21

5

Ryan Suter

D

Wild

57

4.3%

0.14

6

Jared Spurgeon

D

Wild

43

0%

0

7

Clayton Stoner

D

Wild

51

0%

0

  • No surprise to see Nate Prosser on top here. He's shooting 12.5%, so I wouldn't expect to see him up here much in future.
  • Brodin is also shooting at a pretty unsustainable percentage.
  • Something to be happy about; Suter, Scandella and Spurgeon are due some goals. #20 and #6 are both shooting around 4%, which seems a bit low for two guys who can shoot really really well and are generating plenty of shots and shot attempts (Scandella in particular). Spurgeon hasn't scored yet, but he is generating so many shot attempts (as you will see below) that it's only a matter of time before he starts cashing-in.


-Sorted by P/60:

Player

Pos.

Team

GP

P/60

1

Marco Scandella

D

Wild

54

1.1

2

Keith Ballard

D

Wild

36

0.95

3

Nate Prosser

D

Wild

31

0.87

4

Ryan Suter

D

Wild

57

0.79

5

Jared Spurgeon

D

Wild

43

0.67

6

Jonas Brodin

D

Wild

54

0.43

7

Clayton Stoner

D

Wild

51

0.39

  • Marco Scandella has been the Wild's most efficient defenceman in terms of scoring at even-strength. This is pretty amazing considering he is shooting at a pretty low percentage himself.


-Sorted by P1/60:

Player

Pos.

Team

GP

A/60

P1/60

1

Keith Ballard

D

Wild

36

0.68

0.54

2

Jared Spurgeon

D

Wild

43

0.67

0.5

3

Marco Scandella

D

Wild

54

0.89

0.48

4

Nate Prosser

D

Wild

31

0.58

0.29

5

Ryan Suter

D

Wild

57

0.65

0.28

6

Jonas Brodin

D

Wild

54

0.22

0.22

7

Clayton Stoner

D

Wild

51

0.39

0.2

  • Jared Spurgeon jumps up the rankings here, with Ballard going to number one.


-Sorted by CF/60:

Player

Pos.

Team

GP

S/60

FF/60

CF/60

1

Jared Spurgeon

D

Wild

43

4

6.8

10

2

Marco Scandella

D

Wild

54

4.3

6.2

9.4

3

Clayton Stoner

D

Wild

51

3.6

4.6

7.7

4

Keith Ballard

D

Wild

36

3

4.6

7.5

5

Ryan Suter

D

Wild

57

3.3

4.7

7.5

6

Nate Prosser

D

Wild

31

2.3

4.5

6.2

7

Jonas Brodin

D

Wild

54

2.2

3.4

5.8

  • It's no surprise that Spurgeon and Scandella are generating the most shot attempts and unblocked shot attempts given that they are the Wilds best puck possession defencemen. They are generating around 2 unblocked shot attempts more per 60 minutes than the rest of the pack.
  • Brodin is notable at the bottom here. Once again, it isn't surprising given his poor puck possession numbers.

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