Total Hockey Rating (THoR)

Another Sloan Sports Conference presentation for your viewing pleasure: Total Hockey Rating. (THoR)

This study looks at all on ice activities and assigns a value to them. They reviewed the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons and ranked all forwards and defensemen based on the probability that their actions lead to a goal for either team in the subsequent 20 seconds. I was shocked to see their results: Alexander Steen was the top rated forward for the entire league. I've been a Steen fan since I started following the Blues and knew that he was under-rated, but I didn't realize that he was this underrated.

Follow the link above for the paper in its entirety and if you are interested in complicated mathematical equations.

One thought: Since the study looks at the potential for either team to score, the results are going to be skewed more towards two way players.

I took the liberty of importing the Top 50 ranking from the Appendix found at the link above

Top 50 NHL Forwards (F) and Defensemen(D)

Rank Team Player Position THoR Wins Created

1 St. Louis Blues Alexander Steen F 6.72
2 Detroit Red Wings Pavel Datsyuk F 6.32
3 Pittsburgh Penguins Tyler Kennedy F 6.05
4 Boston Bruins Patrice Bergeron F 5.95
5 Nashville Predators Patric Hornqvist F 5.88
6 Philadelphia Flyers Kimmo Timonen D 5.73
7 Phoenix Coyotes Ray Whitney F 5.62
8 Pittsburgh Penguins Evgeni Malkin F 5.57
9 Vancouver Canucks Ryan Kesler F 5.53
10 Chicago Blackhawks Jonathan Toews F 5.50
11 Vancouver Canucks Daniel Sedin F 5.47
12 San Jose Sharks Joe Pavelski F 5.42
13 Toronto Maple Leafs Mikhail Grabovski F 5.13
14 Carolina Hurricanes Jeff Skinner F 5.07
15 Los Angeles Kings Anze Kopitar F 4.93
16 Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby F 4.92
17 Buffalo Sabres Jason Pominville F 4.78
18 Carolina Hurricanes Eric Staal F 4.53
19 Colorado Avalanche Matt Duchene F 4.42
20 Los Angeles Kings Ryan Smyth F 4.33
21 New Jersey Devils Patrik Elias F 4.32
22 Detroit Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg F 4.30
23 Edmonton Oilers Taylor Hall F 4.30
24 San Jose Sharks Logan Couture F 4.28
25 Colorado Avalanche Paul Stastny F 4.25
26 New Jersey Devils Zach Parise F 4.25
27 Chicago Blackhawks Viktor Stalberg F 4.23
28 Columbus Blue Jackets Brandon Dubinsky F 4.18
29 San Jose Sharks Patrick Marleau F 4.13
30 Los Angeles Kings Drew Doughty D 4.07
31 St. Louis Blues Andy Mcdonald F 3.97
32 Columbus Blue Jackets Antoine Vermette F 3.87
33 Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Sharp F 3.85
34 Calgary Flames Tim Jackman F 3.83
35 New York Islanders Kyle Okposo F 3.82
36 Nashville Predators Martin Erat F 3.75
37 Philadelphia Flyers Claude Giroux F 3.73
38 Vancouver Canucks Henrik Sedin F 3.70
39 Anaheim Ducks Ryan Getzlaf F 3.68
40 Nashville Predators Colin Wilson F 3.63
41 Chicago Blackhawks Marian Hossa F 3.62
42 San Jose Sharks Torrey Mitchell F 3.62
43 Anaheim Ducks Corey Perry F 3.45
44 St. Louis Blues David Backes F 3.43
45 Montreal Canadiens Erik Cole F 3.42
46 Ottawa Senators Jason Spezza F 3.35
47 Ottawa Senators Daniel Alfredsson F 3.35
48 Montreal Canadiens Brian Gionta F 3.33
49 Washington Capitals Alexander Semin F 3.33
50 Minnesota Wild Tom Gilbert D 3.32

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