Ranking the Top 10 Faceoff Artists in the NHL in the 2013-14 Season

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Ranking the Top 10 Faceoff Artists in the NHL in the 2013-14 Season
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The best faceoff man in the league this year, is it Patrice Bergeron, Jonathan Toews or someone else entirely? These days it seems like most teams have at least one player who can consistently win about 60 percent of his faceoffs, giving his team an instant edge that can correlate directly into shots and goals.

How many goals is a faceoff win worth? Not nearly as many as you think. Every 101.6 faceoff wins at even strength is worth a goal, as is every 40.6 faceoff wins on the power play or while shorthanded, according to a 2012 study by Michael Schuckers, Tom Pasquali and Jim Curro.

Using those numbers, a great faceoff artist can help his team by up to five goals a year, which is actually enough for an otherwise replacement-level player like, say, Zenon Konopka to earn a modest cap hit all by itself.

This list will be ranked by that estimate of how many goals of value a player's faceoff prowess has earned his team so far this season. It also includes a look at how that player is trending based on his experience in previous seasons and some brief analysis into his style and reputation.

At the risk of playing spoiler, the two most famous artists are indeed on this list, and right at the top. Now turn over, because it is time to meet the masters of the mise en jeu.


All faceoff statistics are sourced from NHL.com.

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