In some cases, the individual with, say, the most goals was not the one with the most assists. In such cases, I have included full lines for each player, bolding the category in which they lead the team.
Same goes for the player triplets. For example, two of Detroit's top three goal-scorers are not among their top-three point producers, so I included multiple combinations.
Note that the sets of three are not necessarily an actual line, just the top three producers in each category. Make sense?
Here's what I came up with:
Crosby: 27% goals, 15% assists, 20% points
Crosty Kunits Malkin: 45% goals, 30% assists, 36% points
Crosby Letang Malkin: 42% goals, 38% assists, 39% points
Semin: 19% goals, 10% assists, 13% points
Ovechkin: 13% goals, 15% assists, 14% points
Semin Ovechkin Backstrom: 44% goals, 38% assists, 40% points
Richards: 16% goals, 15% assists, 15% points
Richards Neal Eriksson: 43% goals, 38% assists, 40% points
Detroit Red Wings
Franzen: 14% goals, 5% assists, 8% points
Datsyuk: 9% goals, 13% assists, 12% points
Cleary Franzen Zetterberg: 38% goals, 19% assists, 26% points
Datsyuk Lidstrom Zetterberg: 23% goals, 35% assists, 31% points
So. What do you think? It seems obvious that of the top four, Pittsburgh is the most imbalanced team, while the Wings are the most balanced. Does this matter? My gut is to say that we're in the best position because we would be the most resilient to injury (if Crosby goes down the Pens lose a quarter of their current goal production), but could it mean that no Wing is really playing a dominant game this season? Does it not really matter? Is there a better way to look at team scoring balance (I'd thought about doing it by actual lines, but that's problematic too because lines don't always play together)? Also, this is not a Crosby thread -- that's just what drew my attention to this whole issue.
tl;dr -- discuss team scoring balance.
Edited by stormboy, 08 December 2010 - 07:22 AM.