Each NHL Team's Most Efficient Scorer from the 2013 Season
I have always been intrigued by the NHL player who manages to generate offense despite a lack of ice time or power play minutes or quality line mates. The player with the ability to create goals despite what limitations are placed on him is fascinating to me.
I had the pleasure of watching Brett Hull break in to the NHL with the Calgary Flames back in 1986. Hull is, of course, one of the greatest goal scorers in the history of the NHL. His 741 regular-season goals were the third-most ever behind Wayne Gretzky (894) and Gordie Howe (801).
At the time, however, Hull was a 22-year-old winger with a famous dad and a reluctance to backcheck.
He played 67 games in his only AHL season that first year, scoring 50 goals and 92 points. Hull joined a Calgary team that had just been to the Stanley Cup Final in 1986. The coach at the time, eventual Hall of Famer Badger "Bob" Johnson, insisted that his players played a solid defensive game.
Hull, the cocky youngster, was certain his best contribution would come in the offensive zone. The two were at loggerheads. Coach Johnson only had one weapon to try to bring Hull to heel: ice time.
He played Hull sparingly during the 1987-88 season and eventually had him traded. Hull got in 52 games for the Flames before he was ultimately traded to St. Louis. The games he played in often saw him logging ten minutes or less. He was playing for the most part on the third or fourth line, though he was used as a power-play specialist.
It became almost comedic. Whenever he finally got on the ice, Hull would score or set something up. He had 26 goals and 50 points in 52 games for the Flames that year. He was tenth in team scoring. You could almost hear "Badger" Bob's teeth grinding every time Hull scored.
Never have I seen a player do more with fewer opportunities.
Ever since watching that performance I have had a desire to try to measure offensive performance in some sort of points-per-minutes-played format. Players have good offensive numbers that are tied more to the ice time they get, especially-power play time and the linemates they have rather than solely because of their offensive skill.
This is an attempt to separate out the players who have natural offensive skills.
All my TOI numbers and scoring statistics for last year came from NHL.com. I included every player who scored at least 20 points last year.
I took a look at the top 204 scorers from the 2013 season. I added up each players' even-strength ice time, their power-play ice time multiplied by a fudge factor of .75 and their short-handed ice time multiplied by 1.25 to create a modified ice time number.
I used this number to divide each players' points by and get a points-per-second-played number and then multiplied that by 900 for a number of points they produced for every 15 of my modified minutes.
That modified point number per 15 minutes of ice time is what I sorted all of last year's scorers on. These listings are based on this calculation. I have called this number scoring efficiency and I believe it reflects a player's ability to score in a given amount of ice time.
I have tried in a very rough fashion to compensate for power play minutes, when it is much easier to generate points and short handed minutes, when it is much harder to score, in an attempt to take the effect of those minutes out of the equation.
I haven't really come up with a way factor out being Sidney Crosby's or Eric Staal's line mate out of the equation. I'm trying to figure out a player's raw offensive production skill.
Here it is, last year's most efficient point producers for each NHL team.
Anaheim Ducks: Ryan Getzlaf—9th
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Ryan Getzlaf came out ninth on my list scoring .8143 points every 15 modified minutes of play. He was seventh on my much easier to calculate points per game list with 1.1136 points per game.
The next Duck player to make the list was Corey Perry who was 52nd in the league, followed by Kyle Palmieri who was 62nd. Teemu Selanne, who probably would have been near the top of the list for the Ducks the year before, finished with .4821 points per 15 minutes played.
He averaged 15:42 of ice time last year and so could be expected to generate a point every two games. He had 24 points in 46 games so he obviously did a little better than that.
Boston Bruins: Brad Marchand—24th
Brad Marchand graded out as the most efficient scorer for the Boston Bruins. He was 24th in the league with .7025 points every 15 minutes played. The next best Bruin during the regular season was Patrice Bergeron with a .5927 followed by Tyler Seguin, since traded to Dallas, at .5694.
Buffalo Sabres: Thomas Vanek—5th
Thomas Vanek graded out fifth in the league last year at .8436 points per 15 minutes. He was 13th in points per game. No one else in Buffalo even came close to equaling his productivity.
Cody Hodgson was 75th in the league with .5673 points per 15 minutes played.
Tyler Ennis was third on the team with .5288 points per 15 minutes played. He was 98th in the league.
Calgary Flames: Mike Cammalleri—64th
Mike Cammalleri was the Flames' most efficient point producer at .5865/15 minutes played. Iginla would have been next before he moved to Pittsburgh at .5735. Lee Stempniak was third on the team at .5722.
Carolina Hurricanes: Eric Staal—17th
There have not been a lot of surprises so far and that goes double for Carolina captain Eric Staal. Despite over 1000 minutes in 48 games last year Eric managed to finish 17th in the league in points scored per 15 minutes played.
He had .7670 which, when combined with his 21 minutes played per game, meant he scored more than a point a game last season. He was actually ninth in points per game last year with 1.1042.
Alex Semin was second on the team last year at .7162 points per 15 minutes played. He also played nearly 21 minutes a game for the Hurricanes.
Jiri Tlusty was third at a still-respectable .6509. Throw in a 19.7% shooting percentage and .3852 goals per 15 minutes played, seventh best in the league last year, and Jiri Tlusty's $1.6 million dollar contract looks like the offensive bargain of the year.
Chicago Blackhawks: Patrick Kane—4th
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Patrick Kane was fourth last year with .8442 points per 15 minutes played. He was among the league leaders in points in the regular season and the playoffs.
Jonathon Toews was second on the team and he finished 14th in the league with an impressive .7792.
The third most efficient scoring Blackhawk was Marian Hossa who was 50th with a .6334.
Colorado Avalanche: P.A. Parenteau—33rd
P.A. Parenteau scored 43 points in 48 games last year. He finished 33rd in the league in scoring efficiency with .6767 points scored every 15 minutes played.
Matt Duchene came next because he had similar production to Parenteau with almost two more minutes of ice time per game. He was 42nd in the NHL with .6514 points per 15 minutes played.
Ryan O'Reilly was third on the team while playing in only 29 games. He had .5466 points per 15 minutes played.
Columbus Blue Jackets: Brandon Dubinsky—79th
Brandon Dubinsky played in a mere 29 games last season for the Blue Jackets and just managed to make the 20 point cutoff for this article. His .5628 points per 15 minutes played put him 79th in the NHL last year.
The Blue Jackets need to get better scoring from perhaps a Marian Gaborik to have any chance of success this year. Former Columbus star Rick Nash lead the Rangers with .6941 points per 15 minutes played. He was 26th in the league.
The next two best Blue Jackets were Vinny Prospal (.5455) who lead the team in scoring but is no longer with Columbus and Mark Letestu with a .5413, 92nd overall.
Dallas Stars: Ray Whitney—35th
Michael Ryder, who split his season between Montreal and Dallas last year, would have led the Stars in point scoring efficiency with a .6800 if he had spent his entire season with them. Ryder is the definitive example of a player who does nothing but score.
Usually stuck on a second or even third line, Ryder played 16 minutes a game last year. Among scorers who made the top 50 in my list only Nazem Kadri, Chris Stewart, Lars Eller, Brendan Gallagher, Benoit Pouliot, Alex Galchenyuk and Nail Yakupov played less than 16:04 a game.
Practically 19 percent of Ryder's ice time was spent on the power play (137 minutes and 8 seconds out of 738 minutes, 14 seconds). The under-appreciated Ryder will be attempting to bring efficient offense to the New Jersey Devils this year.
It fell to 40-year-old Ray Whitney to have the best points-per-minutes-played numbers for the Dallas Stars with a .6696 per 15 minutes in the 32 games he played last year. He was 35th overall.
Next on the list at number 66 was a more usual suspect, Jamie Benn. He managed to put up a .5852. Third on the team was youngster Cody Eakin with a mere .5016 in his 48 games played.
Dallas has retooled their offense by adding Tyler Seguin, Erik Cole, Rich Peverley, Shawn Horcoff and Chris Mueller. They have to hope this produces a more exciting offensive team than they had last year.
Detroit Red Wings: Pavel Datsyuk—18th
Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg were 18th and 19th in points per 15 minutes played last year with .7551 and .7404. The two maturing stars are still among the best offensive players in the game.
Third on the team and 55th in the NHL was Johan Franzen at .6013.
Edmonton Oilers: Taylor Hall—2nd
Taylor Hall managed to have a breakout season last year with the Oilers. His 50 points in a mostly healthy 45 games had him eighth in points per game and ninth in total points last year.
The fragile Hall played 18:37 a game for the Oilers and finished second in the league in points per 15 minutes played behind only the transcendent Sidney Crosby, with .8583.
Hall may be ready for more ice time in Edmonton though he has yet to show he can stay healthy for an entire season. He did play 71 games last year, AHL and NHL combined, which is the most he has played in any one season to date since becoming a professional.
The next best point-per-minute-played player was Nail Yakupov who scored .6381 points every 15 minutes while playing a mere 14:34 a game. Here is a player whose offensive numbers are likely to take off if he can earn the ice time.
Next on the list at 54th was Sam Gagner who managed .6014 points per game.
Florida Panthers: Tomas Fleischmann—72nd
Tomas Fleischmann was the Panthers' leading scorer last year. He also lead his team in scoring efficiency with .5718 points every 15 minutes he played. He was 72nd in the league.
Jonathan Huberdeau was next at .5532 while playing just under 17 minutes a game. Checking center Tomas Kopecky was third at .4857.
It will be interesting to see how the offense is improved with a healthy Kris Versteeg and perhaps a young Aleksander Barkov making the team.
Los Angeles Kings: Anze Kopitar—45th
Anze Kopitar led the Kings with .6445 points per 15 minutes played last year. That put him 45th in the NHL last year. This is despite the fact that he was tied with Rick Nash for 27th in scoring. He was 35th in points per game.
Mike Richards came next for the Kings at 57th overall with a .5994 points scored per 15 minutes played. Justin Williams was third for the Kings at .591 points per 15 minutes played.
Minnesota Wild: Matt Cullen—56th
Matt Cullen led the Minnesota Wild last year with .6011 points every 15 minutes played. The veteran bopped along on the second line for Minnesota and was picked up in the offseason by the Nashville Predators.
Youngster Devin Setoguchi came next for the Wild, scoring .5651 points every 15 minutes played. He was 77th in the NHL last year. Seven million dollar man Zach Parise came third with .5612 points per 15 minutes played.
Parise played 20:40 minutes per game in comparison to Cullen who played 15:53 and Setoguchi who played 14:26. The extra five to six minutes a game only translated into an extra 11 points for Parise over 48 games.
Parise also played 70-80 more minutes on the power play than Setoguchi and Cullen respectively. Minnesota has to hope that Parise leads the team in all offensive categories this season.
The other $7 million man on the roster, supposed offensive specialist Dany Heatley, was seventh on the team in points per minute played and 140th in the league, sandwiched by Ottawa's Kyle Turris and Shane Doan of Phoenix.
Montreal Canadiens: Max Pacioretty—15th
Max Pacioretty produced .7705 points per fifteen minutes played to lead the Montreal Canadiens last year. He was 15th in the league.
Michael Ryder would have been second on the team if he stayed the whole year. Instead, rookie Alex Galchenyuk was second on the team scoring .6696 points every 15 minutes he played. Galchenyuk scored 27 points in 48 games while playing a mere 12:19 a game.
He is another player whose output could increase significantly if he got more ice time and power play time in Montreal.
Lars Eller was another youngster whose offensive efficiency (.6683) allowed him to score 30 points in 46 games while playing mostly on the third line and only sparingly on the power play (32:27).
Nashville Predators: Mike Fisher—163rd
The Nashville Predators have been desperate for offensive talent since Steve Sullivan hurt his back and Alexander Radulov returned to Russia. Last year was no exception.
Former Ottawa Senator checking center Mike Fisher lead the team in offensive efficiency with .4203 points per 15 minutes played. This was the 163rd-best number in the league.
David Legwand was right behind him at .4189.
Third on the list was the team's leading scorer, defenceman Shea Weber, with .3319 points per 15 minutes played. Weber was 186th in the NHL last year, 20th among defencemen.
Nashville is another team that desperately needs more…some…any scoring.
New Jersey Devils: Patrik Elias—63rd
New Jersey is a team more famous for defensive team play and goaltending than for offense. Last year veteran Patrik Elias lead the Devils with .5866 points per 15 minutes of ice time. He was 63rd in the NHL.
Ilya Kovalchuk was second with a mere .4894 points per 15 minutes. He subsequently ran back to Russia.
David Clarkson was the third most efficient scorer at .4060 points per 15 minutes. He was signed by the Maple Leafs.
The Devils have imported a volume of veterans to try to fill the scoring gap. They have Ryane Clowe, Jaromir Jagr and Michael Ryder in the mix to replace Kovalchuk and Clarkson. They also need Adam Henrique to return to the form he showed in 2011/12 when he scored 51 points in 74 games.
New York Islanders: Matt Moulson—23rd
Matt Moulson scored .7029 points every 15 minutes he played last year. He was 23rd in the league and edged out John Tavares as the team's most efficient scorer last year.
John Tavares finished 31st overall with .6801 points every 15 minutes.
Brad Boyes was third on the team with a .5753. Boyes is in the Florida Panthers' training camp trying out. The Islanders picked up the brittle Pierre-Marc Bouchard in the offseason to perhaps replace Boyes.
New York Rangers: Rick Nash—26th
Rick Nash was the Rangers' most efficient scorer last year generating .6941 points for every 15 minutes of ice time. Nash was 26th in the league.
Young center Derek Stepan was 41st in the league and second on the team with a points per fifteen minutes average of .6516.
Third on the team was the much-maligned Brad Richards. He was 76th in the league with .5655 points per 15 minutes. If you make over $6.5 million a year, though, the fans do prefer to see you in the top 10 of everything.
Ottawa Senators: Mika Zibanejad—106th
The Ottawa Senators only had five players who scored 20 points or more last season. The best of those was Mika Zibanejad. He managed to score .5087 points every 15 minutes while only logging 13:34 a game. The return of a healthy Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson and some more ice time can only help his offensive numbers.
Kyle Turris was second on the team last year with .4539 points for every 15 minutes played.
The recently departed Daniel Alfredsson was third with .4213.
Look for Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson to lead Ottawa this year in all offensive categories if they can stay healthy.
Philadelphia Flyers: Jakub Voracek—11th
Jakub Voracek worked away in relative obscurity in Columbus for three years. His move to Philadelphia has seen him play with more talented linemates and last season it certainly paid off. He scored 46 points in 48 games and had .7930 points per 15 minutes played. That was 11th in the NHL.
Claude Giroux was second on the team and 28th in the league with .6923 points per 15 minutes played.
Wayne Simmonds had .5666 points per 15 minutes played in his second season with Philadelphia.
Phoenix Coyotes: Radim Vrbata—43rd
Radim Vrbata is a skilled veteran who has shown up throughout his career. His best years have all come with Phoenix, especially in 2011/12 when at the age of 30, he had career bests with 35 goals and 62 points.
Vrbata had 28 points in 34 games last year which gave him .6485 points per 15 minutes played. That was 43rd in the NHL.
Martin Hanzal was a distant second in Phoenix averaging .4635 points per 15 minutes played. Third on the team was captain Shane Doan at .4514 points per 15 minutes played.
Newly signed Mike Ribeiro would have led Phoenix last year with his .8213 points per 15 minutes played. He was eighth in the league for production per minute played.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Sidney Crosby—1st
It is no surprise that Sidney Crosby led the league in points per 15 minutes played, this despite him playing over 21 minutes a game and logging more than 157 minutes of power-play time in his 36 games last year.
Crosby was the only player to score more than a point every 15 minutes he played. He finished the year with a 1.060 average.
Chris Kunitz was next for Pittsburgh. He was third in the league with .8578 points per 15 minutes played.
Evgeni Malkin only played in 31 games last year but averaged .7672 points per game, 16th in the NHL.
San Jose Sharks: Joe Thornton—40th
Joe Thornton had a good shortened season last year with 40 points in 48 games played. He was 40th in the league with .6551 points per 15 minutes played.
Promising youngster Logan Couture was next with .6199 points per 15 minutes played.
Joe Pavelski was the third highest point-per-15-minute-played scorer in San Jose with .5027.
St. Louis Blues: Chris Stewart—30th
The enigmatic Chris Stewart seems to make it to the top of any list I attempt to put together that highlights point production versus minutes played. He was 18th in the league when I did a simplified version of this back in 2010/11.
Stewart never seems to get trusted with first-line ice time. Still, the power forward does seem to produce. He was 30th in the league last year with .6861 points per 15 minutes played.
Alex Steen only played in 40 games but was second on the team with .5266 points per 15 minutes played.
T.J. Oshie was third with .5179 points per 15 minutes played.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Martin St. Louis—7th
The tiny, timeless St. Louis led the NHL with 60 points in 48 games. He also managed to finish seventh in the NHL with .8264 points per 15 minutes played. It is hard to imagine what he will have to do this year to earn an invitation to play on Canada's Olympic team in Sochi.
Steven Stamkos was 13th in the NHL and second in Tampa Bay with .7820 points per 15 minutes played.
Vincent Lecavalier was 37th in the league with a still-impressive .6617 points per 15 minutes of ice time. He will attempt to supplement the Flyers offense this season.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Nazem Kadri—6th
The much-anticipated Nazem Kadri seemed to finally arrive in Toronto last year. He was a surprising sixth in the league in points per 15 minutes played with .8303. He tied for 21st in scoring in the shortened season. He played second-line minutes in Toronto, averaging 16:03 a game.
Team offensive leader Phil Kessel was 12th in the NHL in points per 15 minutes played with .7876. He played 3:45 more per game than Kadri did. He also had over 50 minutes more of power-play time than Kadri and that was the difference in their points per 15 minutes played numbers.
Kessel had a higher points-per-game average than Nazem, 1.083 to .917.
James Van Riemsdyk was third on the Leafs with .5098 points per 15 minutes played.
Vancouver Canucks: Henrik Sedin—25th
Henrik Sedin lead the Canucks with .6963 points per 15 minutes played.
Second on the team was brother Daniel at .6408 points per 15 minutes played.
If he had played a full season in Vancouver, Derek Roy would have been third. Instead Jannik Hansen was third at .4944.
Washington Capitals: Mike Ribeiro—8th
Mike Ribeiro would have to be considered a surprising leader in Washington for points produced per 15 minutes of ice time. His .8213 average was eighth best in the league.
Right behind Ribeiro at No. 10 was the revitalized Alex Ovechkin who put up .7949 points per 15 minutes of ice time. Ovechkin lead the league in goals scored per 15 minutes of play.
Nicklas Backstrom was third on the Capitals and 20th in the NHL with .7349 points per 15 minutes played.
Winnipeg Jets: Andrew Ladd—22nd
Andrew Ladd has carved himself out a niche in the NHL. He was 22nd in the league with .7189 points per 15 minutes played last year. He was tied for 19th with Jakub Voracek in scoring.
Blake Wheeler was next finishing 38th in the NHL with .6616 points per 15 minutes played.
Third on the team was Bryan Little at .4988 points per 15 minutes played.
What Does It All Mean?
The reason I looked at a players points per minutes played was to try to sort out their absolute offensive ability from the minutes they played. Too often a coach or GM will trade for a player or draft a player or pay too much to a player and then load the player up with minutes, especially power-play minutes, in order to justify their acquisition.
Ice time can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Even the worst team is going to score some goals and someone has to score them.
It is easier to score on the power play and obviously much harder to score while killing penalties. I counted power-play minutes as three-quarters of an even-strength minute and a penalty-kill minute as a minute and a quarter of even-strength time. That should partially filter out the effect of special-team minutes on players' point totals.
It was nice to see a collection of forwards who were in the top 20 of the league in ice time per game also in the top 20 of my list of points scored per modified 15 minutes of ice time. Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, Martin St Louis, Eric Staal, Alex Ovechkin, Ryan Getzlaf, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg were in the top 20 in both categories.
Despite leading all forwards in ice time per game, they still managed to lead the league in points produced per minute played. These guys earned their ice time with their offensive contribution alone.
Last year's leader among forwards in ice time per game, Ilya Kovalchuk (24:44), was 120th in the league with .4894 points for every 15 minutes played. Kovalchuk was third in the league in power-play ice time last year with 202:18 behind only Andrei Markov and Alex Ovechkin.
Kovalchuk did not earn his ice time last year with his 31 points in 37 games.
Among the 204 players I looked at from last season (everyone who scored at least 20 points), the worst forward in a points per modified 15 minutes played sense was Travis Zajac of the New jersey Devils. He played 19:31 a game for 48 games but only managed 20 points. This calculated to a mere .3147 points per 15 minutes played.
Other forwards near the bottom were Antoine Vermette in Phoenix (.3561(, Gabriel Landeskog in Colorado (.3637), John Mitchell in Colorado (.3775), Jamie McGinn in Colorado (.3972), Steve Ott in Buffalo (.4005), Alex Burrows in Vancouver (.4012), David Clarkson in NJ (.4060), David Legwand in Nashville (.4189) and Mike Fisher in Nashville (.4203).
What precisely does this tell us? The first thing that looks obvious is that Colorado, Nashville and New Jersey had trouble scoring last year.
Second is that these players were getting enough ice time to at least put up 20 points in a 48 game season. Vermette, Fisher, and John Mitchell have a defensive checking component to their games that helps justify the minutes.
Steve Ott gets ice time more because of his physical presence than for an offensive contribution. Zajac, Burrows and Clarkson, however were getting top quality minutes with highly talented players. Their offensive numbers have to be more concerning.
Clarkson had almost twice the power-play time that Mike Fisher and David Legwand did. Travis Zajac and Alex Burrows had more power play time than everyone else at the bottom.
I have watched a series of checking centers in the NHL with some offensive skills remade into first line offensive centers with almost no success. Bobby Holik is the classic example but nowadays Fisher, Vermette, R.J. Umberger, Matt Stajan and Jordan Staal seem like some of the most obvious current examples.
These are players who are in the NHL because of the complete game they play. However they don't generally seem to possess the world class offensive skills needed to be a top ten scorer in the NHL. That at least seems to show up in these points per minutes played numbers.
Obviously players like Eric Staal, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin or Joe Thornton are topped out in what they can give you. There are no more minutes for these guys to play. The key with them is to notice when their production per minute played declines.
Then the time has perhaps come to promote a younger player with similar or better points per minute played numbers into that first line, first power play slot. Joe Thornton still leads the Sharks in points per minute played. Logan Couture last year was right behind him. Statistically they were practically identical.
Couture was just behind Thornton in minutes played per night and power-play time. He scores more than Joe and Joe gets more assists. It might be time to promote Couture past Thornton or maybe just play him on the wing of the first line.
Numbers from one stub of a season are pretty useless by themselves but tracking these numbers over time could be useful and give you an idea when your first-line superstar has begun to slow down.
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Defencemen generally get more ice time than forward and don't produce as many points. Using my points per minutes played numbers they tend to grade out at the bottom of the list. It's more useful to look at them separately.
The only defenceman to make any team's top three was Shea Weber and again says more about Nashville's offensive struggles than Weber's absolute offensive talent. He was 22nd among NHL defencemen in points per minutes played between defensive stalwarts Dan Hamhuis and Kevin Shattenkirk.
Here then are the top 10 NHL defencemen from last year in points per 15 minutes played.
- Kris Letang, Pit (.6206)
- Brent Burns, SJ (.5969)
- P.K. Subban, Mtl (.5641)
- Cody Franson, Tor (.5017)
- Erik Karlsson, Ott (.4437)
- Kimmo Timonen, Phi (.4397)
- Mike Green, Was (.4352)
- Keith Yandle, Pho (.4058)
- Paul Martin, Pit (.4005)
- Dustin Byfuglien, Wpg (.3880)
Brent Burns is on the list but he played 20 games as a winger last year. Dustin Byfuglien is another defenceman known to get ice time at forward. I included Erik Karlsson even though he only managed 14 points before he got hurt last year. I expect him to lead this category if he is healthy this season.
Goals Scored Per 15 Minutes Played
Despite being among the league leaders in ice time and second in the NHL in power-play time last year, a resurgent Alex Ovechkin managed to lead the league in goals scored per 15 minutes played with .4542.
The rest of the top ten included Jeff Carter (.4529), James Neal (.4265), Thomas Vanek (.4115), John Tavares (.4052), Steven Stamkos (.3978), Jiri Tlusty (.3852), Jakub Voracek (.3793) and Jonathan Toews (.3734).
Jiri Tlusty is the biggest surprise on this list. During last year's shortened season he played with Eric Staal and Alex Semin. I'm pretty sure that helped him to his 19.7% shooting accuracy. His 23 goals tied for fifth in the league with Toews and Patrick Kane.
He had 17 goals in 79 games the year before with a 12.5% shooting percentage. Still minutes played with Staal and Semin are probably better than any other minutes he could play. If he doesn't play with Staal and Semin I'd expect him to be more of the half-point-a-game player he was in 2011/12.