Ranking the Top Shootout Artists in the NHL

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Ranking the Top Shootout Artists in the NHL
Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Some may find it silly to decide an NHL game with a skills competition proven to have random results, but that's no reason to neglect that part of the game. Any player who can consistently score a few extra goals in the shootout is giving his team a boost in the standings that is potentially greater than what some players produce in regulation play.

With Ilya Kovalchuk off to the KHL, the title for the NHL's best shootout artist is once again up for grabs. Opening the field further is the retirement of Andy McDonald, who went 9-for-13 in his final three seasons, and Erik Christensen's (10-for-17) departure for the KHL.

The average shootout specialists will score on one of every three attempts. Once again free of personal opinion, the list was compiled by looking at how many extra goals a player has provided over the past three seasons combined. Kovalchuk, for instance, scored 15 goals in 25 attempts—or 6.7 more than one would have expected.

How much flash a player scores these goals with was not considered. No matter how they did it, let's see which players have provided their teams with the most additional shootout goals over the past three seasons.

 

All advanced statistics are via writer's own original research unless otherwise noted. 

 

 

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