The Edmonton Oilers are well known to have some of the most loyal and stats saavy hockey fans out there. In a recent comment, blogger Greg asked how Oilers’ players fared by Even Strength Total Rating last season. Here are Edmonton’s best skaters for 2008-9, for players with more than 500 minutes at Even Strength:
The value of Patrick O’Sullivan, who began the season with Los Angeles, is a bit higher than shown due to his excellent net penalty performance, +1.3 per 60 minutes, giving him roughly a quarter of a goal per 60 minutes bump. Incidentally, I’m not sure how the Oilers were ruining Erik Cole, but at least they got a good player like O’Sullivan out of the three-way deal. Then, there’s the Kings…
Who doesn’t show up on the list above? Zack Stortini, who was a nice contributor on my fantasy team last season due to a combination of fisticuffs with a few goals thrown in. Stortini, whose standard stat line was 6 G, 5 A, 11 P, -3 plus/minus, 181 PIM in 52 GP, was -0.48 ESTR at 375 minutes ESTOI.
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