i have to look it over more because i didn't notice what the ratings are totally based on, but offensive statistics have to be put into perspective.
Lecavalier's stats might be better because he scored 16 more goals, but he's in a better situation being used to the best of his ability. His best skill is goal scoring and he had 4 excellent playmakers setting him up - St. Louis, Richards, Boyle, and Prospal. The Penguins, meanwhile, should be ashamed they can't find a legit wing to pair with Crosby. That he could manage 84 assists without a pure goal scorer is testament to his jaw dropping, unbelievable talent. No doubt the Penguins have loads of talent, but not the right talent to best make use of Crosby. The worst part is (for fans who want to see him shine as bright as he can) the type of player he needs is extremely plentiful - Ryder, Pominville, Gionta, Kotalik, Lupul, Carter, Dawes, Callahan, Svatos, Tambellini, Jason Blake, etc.
I don't think he revealed his methodology in full - much as the formulae for VORP, EqA, etc. in baseball and DVOA and DPAR in football are proprietary.
It is embarassing that the Penguins dress three players on a nightly basis who barely belong in the NHL, then stick them on their top 3 lines. Ryan Malone, Mark Recchi, and Gary Roberts are not very good players, at all. By the same token, though, the Penguins should take advantage of Crosby's wonderful abilities by NOT spending a lot on a guy who plays beside him. Sykora is a perfect low-cost option who could score 30-35 there this season easily. Paying top-dollar for a guy to score 50 with Crosby seems counterproductive - anyone not signed long-term who plays next to Crosby, his contract will explode, and it's tough to justify signing a mediocre scorer like Sykora very long-term.
Edited by Triumph, 08 November 2007 - 12:54 PM.