Since we’ve little better to do this season than make fun of Ted Nolan and the xenophobic Sabres fans whose nether regions he sets aflame, I took the Compete Level statistic and applied it league-wide. These are the results. For those that need a refresher, Compete Level is calculated thusly:
(Hits*2 + Blocked Shots + PIM (per game)) divided by each player’s current cap hit and multiplied by modifiers that account for the grittiness that only being born in North America (Canada – 2.0, USA – 1.5, Latvia – 1.0, Scandanavia – .75, Other – 0.5, Russia – .25) and wearing a letter can bring (Captain – 2.0, Assisting Captain – 1.25). Full sheet is here.
I didn’t always hate Ted Nolan. In fact for a while I was impressed with how he seemed to get more out of his players than anyone had any right to expect, like a bunch of mediocre-besides-the-goalie Sabres teams and Islanders teams that were probably worse. When he was brought on to coach the Sabres I pretty much thought the hiring was irrelevant. Plus Ron Rolston was so much of a lame duck that it seemed like anything would be an improvement. The terrible hockey…it changes you man.
I hate Ted Nolan. Why do I hate Ted Nolan? Hoo boy. John Scott. I actually love John Scott, but why does this guy get a chance to do anything before Linus Omark, or Ville Leino, or literally anyone else on the roster? Do you know which regular Sabre (read: played more than a handful of games) has the highest percentage of offensive zone starts? John Scott. Seriously.
People are finding out all over Twitter today that the Rochester Amerks are set to play a game at the First Niagara Center tomorrow at 7:05 against the Grand Rapids Griffins. Now please wait while I congratulate myself for publicizing this event more than the Sabres (or Amerks) have. It’s especially damning when the Sabres themselves are a cauldron of failure and the players on the Amerks are about the only real reason to be legitimately hopeful for the franchise heading into the future.
Over the course of the next hour and several tweets he laid the groundwork and outlined the key statistical contributors while I crunched the numbers in Excel. The objective was simple: to highlight the Ted Nolaniest of Ted Nolan’s players and give them their due praise.
And so the Compete Level formula was born:
Sometimes the brutality of a good old fashioned ass-whooping is fun to watch. That’s been one of the annoying things about the Sabres this year, that the goaltending has kept games close enough to either not give up completely, or to ramp up the drinking as they become complete laughers. Not the case in Colorado where the Avalanche were one goal shy of taking the Broncos to overtime.
- Zemgus Girgensons – Always nice to see this guy get points.
- Ryan Miller – American hero.
- Steve Ott
I didn’t watch the Penguins game since I had an inline hockey game at roughly the same time. Looking at the box score, it would seem I didn’t miss much. On to the Capitals and Jhonas Enroth’s hilarious inability to win a hockey game. Oy. The Sabres, which have traditionally done a decent job of shutting down Ovechkin, allowed him a 2 goal, 4 point night. (RIP Andrej Sekera) Anyway, on to the important stuff.
- Cody Hodgson – If Hodgson can be a consistent offensive force I can live with him being the defensive equivalent of a cat with a piece of tape stuck to its head.
- Christian Ehrhoff – Hey guys, I’m still really, really good.
- Matt Moulson – Our best offensive forward at the moment. Sigh.