I liked earlier this week when Justin posted the leaders to shots-per-game. Looking the players on that list, it’s hard to disagree that the number of shots are a reflective, repeatable indicator of the best players in hockey. I think we, as a hockey-watching public, give enough credit to great things like the “10-shot” game that has only happened 16 times this season, while it seems like half the scrubs in the league have a hat-trick by now.

But shots-per-game can be influenced by a number of things, the most important of which is ice-time. A player with 15 minutes at even strength and two powerplay minutes has a much better chance of racking up a shot count than a player with 10 minutes at even strength and none on the powerplay, so we’ve separated this out to shots per 60 minutes, allowing us to ignore powerplay minutes and balancing out the even strength minutes for NHL players and find out exactly at what rate they’ve been able to shoot the puck.

With a bit of Microsoft Excel magic and the fabulous Behind The Net dot ca, I charted the players who, with a minimum of 50 games played, have the most shots on per 60 minutes of even strength play (SOG/60) so far this season:


NAME  TEAM  POS  GP  TOI/60  Goals  Saves  SOG/60
Evander Kane WPG C 66 14.83 21 203 13.7
Tyler Kennedy PIT LW 51 12.77 6 143 13.7
Max Pacioretty MTL LW 72 14.54 25 188 12.2
Patrick Sharp CHI RW 66 14.82 21 170 11.7
Evgeni Malkin PIT C 66 15.83 33 166 11.4
Rick Nash CBJ RW 74 14.49 18 184 11.3
Sean Bergenheim FLA LW 54 13.19 11 120 11.0
Tyler Seguin BOS C 72 14.14 21 166 11.0
Daniel Cleary DET RW 69 12.47 10 147 10.9
Patric Hornqvist NSH LW 68 12.81 17 140 10.8
Chad Larose CAR LW 60 13.7 13 135 10.8
James Neal PIT LW 73 14.62 20 172 10.8
Andrew Ladd WPG LW 74 14.63 20 174 10.8
Viktor Stalberg CHI LW 71 13.14 15 152 10.7
Jason Chimera WSH LW 74 12.38 12 151 10.7
Alex Ovechkin WSH LW 70 15.48 17 175 10.6
Gabriel Landeskog COL LW 76 14.64 15 181 10.6
David Clarkson N.J RW 75 13.07 20 150 10.4
Phil Kessel TOR LW 75 15.94 25 178 10.2
Justin Williams L.A RW 74 13.96 12 163 10.2
Jeff Skinner CAR C 57 14.3 16 122 10.2
Henrik Zetterberg DET C 74 14.89 17 167 10.0
Logan Couture S.J C 72 14.25 18 150 9.8
Taylor Hall EDM LW 61 14.75 13 134 9.8
Drew Stafford BUF RW 73 13.76 12 150 9.7
Radim Vrbata PHX RW 72 13.75 21 137 9.6
Craig Smith NSH C 70 11.73 7 124 9.6
Pascal Dupuis PIT LW 73 13.92 19 143 9.6
John Tavares NYI C 73 16.73 22 172 9.5
Jonathan Toews CHI C 59 15.04 21 119 9.5
Michael Santorelli FLA C 60 11.1 7 98 9.5
Jeff Carter L.A C 52 14.76 11 110 9.5

I included players there who were tied for 30th. Many of the names that appear on Justin’s chart from earlier this week have ended up on this one as well: Evgeni Malkin, however, gets surpassed by Evander Kane and surprising entrant Tyler Kennedy, those two top the new list. Max Pacioretty, 9th in ‘per game’ stats, makes the leap up to 3rd in this one. I think Pacioretty is a fantastic player that the Canadiens would be smart to build their corps around and he can hurt you in a number of different ways, but I’ll admit I never saw him as a high-volume shooter until I looked at the numbers from Wednesday.

Notably, look at Sean Bergenheim there. I listened to a Dale Tallon radio interview this year who brought up Bergenheim’s playoff performance from last season as a reason why the Florida Panthers were interested in him, but when I analyzed player numbers from last season, he was a very good possession forward in Tampa Bay, leading the team in relative Corsi despite moderately tough minutes. Whether Florida stumbled on him accidentally or not, he’s certainly a reason why the balance of power in the Southeast Division has shifted.

New Jersey’s David Clarkson appears on this list, Daniel Sedin does not. Chad Larose, who I don’t think generated a scoring chance in Carolina’s 2006 Stanley Cup run appears, somehow ahead of Jeff Skinner.

One of the other fun things we can do with Behind The Net is include missed and blocked shot data to come up with a list of players that aren’t really All-Stars. Blocked shots are usually shots that were taken from the perimeter and have little chance hitting the net in the first place, and players who miss a lot, well, they’re leaving some goals on the table. Here are the most attempted shots per 60 minutes at even strength(Att/60):


NAME  TEAM  POS  GP  TOI/60  Goals  Saves  Misses  Blocks Att/60
Cody McLeod COL LW 69 7.04 6 44 22 100 21.2
Jakub Voracek PHI RW 70 11.89 14 102 35 142 21.1
Viktor Stalberg CHI LW 71 13.14 15 152 75 79 20.6
Patrick Sharp CHI RW 66 14.82 21 170 59 72 19.8
Tyler Kennedy PIT LW 51 12.77 6 143 45 19 19.6
Tim Stapleton WPG C 55 8.26 5 46 19 69 18.4
Craig Smith NSH C 70 11.73 7 124 57 63 18.3
Ben Eager EDM LW 57 8.62 7 56 25 61 18.2
Tim Jackman CGY RW 69 8.77 1 88 40 52 17.9
Brian Rolston BOS C 62 11.71 5 107 36 69 17.9
Jeff Carter L.A C 52 14.76 11 110 51 57 17.9
Evander Kane WPG C 66 14.83 21 203 68 0 17.9
Kaspars Daugaviņš OTT LW 59 9.09 4 57 30 66 17.6
Rick Nash CBJ RW 74 14.49 18 184 57 54 17.5
Shawn Thornton BOS RW 72 9.08 3 91 32 62 17.3
Logan Couture S.J C 72 14.25 18 150 59 68 17.3
Jeff Skinner CAR C 57 14.3 16 122 48 46 17.1
Pascal Dupuis PIT LW 73 13.92 19 143 59 68 17.1
Drew Stafford BUF RW 73 13.76 12 150 50 72 17.0
Dustin Brown L.A RW 74 14.52 10 114 60 119 16.9
David Backes STL C 75 15.2 13 155 62 90 16.8
Max Pacioretty MTL LW 72 14.54 25 188 64 13 16.6
Jordan Staal PIT C 53 14.83 12 79 41 83 16.4
Michael Grabner NYI RW 69 12.74 14 109 42 74 16.3
Alex Ovechkin WSH LW 70 15.48 17 175 89 13 16.3
Tyler Seguin BOS C 72 14.14 21 166 63 26 16.3
Evgeni Malkin PIT C 66 15.83 33 166 48 36 16.3
Daniel Cleary DET RW 69 12.47 10 147 37 39 16.2
Luke Adam BUF LW 52 10.67 10 60 38 42 16.2
Jonathan Toews CHI C 59 15.04 21 119 29 70 16.2

Cody McLeod, Jakub Voracek and Dustin Brown get a lot of shots blocked, while Kaspars Daugaviņš leads the NHL in the all-important “best name” category.

Given the respective entrants on both lists, you could say that the players who get a lot of shots on goal are probably better than the ones who get a lot of attempts on the surface. The ones who do register a lot of attempts, however, do have the puck in the offensive zone a lot.

In a game where goal-prevention is just as important as goal-scoring, let’s not confuse “bad offence” for what it really is: “good defence”.