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Come discuss the future Leafs captain's excellent performance in game 5, and whatever else your heart desires

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A little spreadsheet work on prospects

I put this in the Sunday FTB, but that doesn't have a ton of traffic, so I'm re-posting it here.

I did some spreadsheet work on draft eligible players, thanks to (awesome site, btw). I recently saw some research that secondary assists are essentially useless, and not really indicative of talent at all, at least at the NHL level. While I haven’t done any testing to prove this, it wouldn’t surprise me that the same thing holds true for junior (I’ll test that out later, but it’s probably true, and like the undergrad I am, I’ll skip steps and be lazy). And we all know that ES scoring is a more ‘true’ representation of a player’s talent. So I calculated a bunch of draft-eligible players’ ES Primary Points per game ((ES Goals + ES 1st assists)/GP). I did this for each league (O,W,Q) and took the top 50 players in each (I figured we wouldn’t really care about anyone lower than that). This doesn’t capture every draft eligible players, as it’s age based, not draft year based, but every player in the sheet is draft eligible.

Here’s a screenshot of the top 25 or so:

1. My god, McDavid. 
2. Strome looks excellent, better than Marner in this case
3. Concerns that Sprong’s offense is predominantly on the PP seem to be overblown
4. Svechnikov and Konecny would be absolute steals at 24
5. Paul Bittner looks better than I thought he would
6. Jansen Harkins is another guy who looks better by this metric than raw point totals
7. Lets get a 2nd rounder and take Timashov