With one month to go, who are the most valuable players on each NHL team? Some cases are clear cut, like Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh or Alexander Ovechkin in Washington, but in other cases, you need to select from teams with several strong players or from teams with none.
Each team's MVP was selected using a variety of analytic data, including all of the following:
- Basic scoring, ice-time and real-time scoring statistics, from NHL.com.
- A representation of how players were used, from Extra Skater.
- A high-level estimate of the player's impact in points in the standings, from Hockey Reference.
- A high-level estimate of the player's impact in goals scored or prevented, from Hockey Prospectus.
Although it can be difficult to compare an offensive player to a defensive one, or a skater to a goalie, in almost every case, the evidence pointed strongly to a single competitor. For each selection, the player's strengths are listed along with what's made him so valuable to his team.
To help handle the remaining cases, a section was added to list alternative choices that could rise up over the season's final month. Let's begin!
All advanced statistics are via writer's own original research unless otherwise noted.