One of my favorite things to do when I take a break at work or have a few quiet moments is to poke around on Manny Perry‘s fantastic hockey stats database, Corsica.hockey. Occasionally I find a gem of a stat that inspires me to write. I love it when the numbers tell a story. Today, it’s less of a story but the mother lode of Canes statistical trivia. One of Corsica’s features lets you look back as far as the 2007-2008 season and compare everything since then all together. So, using this tool, I thought it would be fun to look at the top (and bottom) ten player performances from the past decade of Carolina Hurricanes hockey. There are some surprises and some welp #drinks and there’s no real value to this other than fun hockey stats trivia, but let’s get to it!

Note: Players needed a minimum of 500 mins played to be eligible for lists. Data is score and venue adjusted when applicable.

 

Top Ten Shooting % (all situations)

PlayerSeasonGPSh%
ALEX.SEMIN201220134411.56
ERIC.STAAL201220134811.41
ERIC.STAAL200920106911.4
JUSSI.JOKINEN200920108011.32
TIM.BRENT201120127911.2
MATT.CULLEN200720085911.15
JEFF.SKINNER201020118211.08
JIRI.TLUSTY201220134810.98
ERIK.COLE200720087310.92
TUOMO.RUUTU201020118210.85

The magic of Semin, Tlusty, and Eric Staal during the shortened season of ’12-’13 places all three on this top ten. From the current season, Lee Stempniak would rank 18th and Jeff Skinner 22nd.

Bottom Ten Shooting % (all situations)

PlayerSeasonGPSh%
ANDREAS.NODL20112012603.92
JOAKIM.NORDSTROM20162017784.42
JUSSI.JOKINEN20122013435.15
KLAS.DAHLBECK20162017395.36
PATRICK.DWYER20132014755.38
CHRIS.TERRY20152016685.75
RYAN.BAYDA20082009705.76
BRETT.BELLEMORE20132014645.79
NICLAS.WALLIN20072008665.81
RYAN.MURPHY20132014485.81

Two current Canes make an appearance here with Joakim Nordstrom knocking on the door of the prestigious Most-Snakebit-Cane award. And Dahlbeck? Spoiler alert: not his only appearance in this post.  Also, apparently Ryan Bayda played over 100 games with the Hurricanes, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that this was the first time I’ve ever seen his name.

Top Ten 5v5 Corsi For %

PlayerSeasonGPCF%
JORDAN.STAAL201420154658.93
ERIC.STAAL201420157756.48
KRIS.VERSTEEG201520167756.36
ERIC.STAAL201520168356.34
SCOTT.WALKER200720085856.22
RAY.WHITNEY200720086656.05
ERIC.STAAL200820098255.86
ANDREJ.NESTRASIL201520165555.72
JOE.CORVO200920105155.61
JORDAN.STAAL201620177155.51

 

It’s no surprise that more than half of this top ten comes from the Bill Peters era of the Canes, but who expected to see Joe Corvo here? Guess who was 11th: Mike Commodore from ’07-’08. #PackYourShit and get those shots toward the net.

Bottom Ten 5v5 Corsi For %

PlayerSeasonGPCF%
MANNY.MALHOTRA201320146941.38
RADEK.DVORAK201320146042.44
TIM.BRENT201120127942.74
JAY.MCCLEMENT201420158242.96
PATRICK.DWYER201420157144
BRAD.MALONE201420156544.7
BRANDON.SUTTER200920107244.89
DRAYSON.BOWMAN201320147045.02
ANTHONY.STEWART201120127745.1
BRANDON.SUTTER201020118245.48

During 5v5 play in ’13-’14 opponents were treated to an incredible 58.62% share of shot attempts when Manny Malhotra was on the ice. Don’t put the entire blame on him though, his 4th line compadres, Radek Dvorak‘s living corpse and Drayson Bowman, make appearances on this list as well, as does the 4th line from the following season. Those were dark times indeed.

Top Ten 5v5 Primary Points per Hour

PlayerSeasonGPPrimary Pts/60
ERIC.STAAL20122013482.49
JEFF.SKINNER20152016822.03
ALEX.SEMIN20122013441.94
JIRI.TLUSTY20122013481.88
JEFF.SKINNER20162017751.87
SERGEI.SAMSONOV20072008601.87
ERIC.STAAL20082009821.84
JEFF.SKINNER20102011821.82
JEFF.SKINNER20132014711.79
ERIC.STAAL20132014791.75

Again the chemistry of the Staal/Semin/Tlusty line gets them all in the top four and Jeff Skinner’s performance from this season and last’s rounds out the top five. When it’s all said and done, Jeff Skinner, appearing four times in this top ten, may be the most talented Hurricane in franchise history or at least great enough to be number two following Mr. Francis. No bottom ten for this stat as it’s just a bunch of stay-at-home defensemen, although it’s worth mentioning that Michal Jordan was the bottom and the only one with a rate of zero. In 541 minutes of 5v5 time, Jordan never recorded a primary point.

Top Ten Primary Points per Hour (all situations)

PlayerSeasonGPPrimary Pts/60
ERIC.STAAL20122013482.45
JEFF.SKINNER20132014712.42
JEFF.SKINNER20162017752.4
JUSSI.JOKINEN20092010802.34
RAY.WHITNEY20082009822.32
ERIC.STAAL20092010692.28
JIRI.TLUSTY20122013482.2
SERGEI.SAMSONOV20072008602.19
ALEX.SEMIN20122013442.16
JEFF.SKINNER20152016822.16

When adding in all the power play minutes, Ray Whitney and Jussi Jokinen jump into the top ten.

Top Ten 5v5 Expected Goals For %

PlayerSeasonGPxGF%
JORDAN.STAAL201620177158.31
SCOTT.WALKER200720085857.68
ERIC.STAAL201520168357.1
JORDAN.STAAL201420154656.45
ERIC.STAAL200820098256.39
JOHN-MICHAEL.LILES201320144156.22
ERIC.STAAL201420157755.92
KRIS.VERSTEEG201520167755.85
RAY.WHITNEY200720086655.76
JONI.PITKANEN200820097155.71

Again, no surprise that a lot of the top xGF% seasons came from the Bill Peters era. Jordan’s xGF% this season is good for 13th best league-wide this season. Scott Walker in number two? That’s a surprise.

Bottom Ten 5v5 Expected Goals For %

PlayerSeasonGPxGF%
MANNY.MALHOTRA201320146938.53
TIM.BRENT201120127940.04
RADEK.DVORAK201320146040.53
NATHAN.GERBE201520164741.1
MATT.TENNYSON201620174242.27
ANTHONY.STEWART201120127742.87
JAY.HARRISON201320146842.96
KLAS.DAHLBECK201620173943.09
PATRICK.DWYER201020118043.2
AARON.WARD200920107643.36

Malhotra and Dvorak with another appearance in a bottom ten of a shot metric, this time for shot quality. Also making an appearance: two thirds of the revolving door that we call our bottom pairing. Tennyson and Dahlbeck showing that when they’re on the ice the quality chances will likely go to the opponent.

Top Ten 5v5 Goals For %

PlayerSeasonGPGF%
PATRICK.EAVES200820097461.58
ALEX.SEMIN201220134460.49
JOHN-MICHAEL.LILES201320144160.48
JIRI.TLUSTY201220134860.25
JACCOB.SLAVIN201620177859.05
ERIC.STAAL200820098258.94
ANDREJ.NESTRASIL201420155457.53
SERGEI.SAMSONOV200720086057.33
BRET.HEDICAN200720086656.42
JONI.PITKANEN200820097156.14

Uhh, hi Patrick Eaves? Goals For% can be fluky stat because goals are rare, especially at 5v5, but it’s a fun list nevertheless and points out some very successful Canes seasons, some of which went under the radar (*cough* Liles and Nestrasil). It’s nice to see and not a surprise that Jaccob Slavin sneaks into the top five.

Bottom Ten 5v5 Goals For %

PlayerSeasonGPGF%
NATHAN.GERBE201520164729.9
KLAS.DAHLBECK201620173932.75
ROD.BRIND’AMOUR200920107933.1
JAY.MCCLEMENT201520167733.83
JAY.MCCLEMENT201620176534.73
JEFF.SKINNER201220134235.44
RON.HAINSEY201620176935.59
MATT.TENNYSON201620174236.08
ALEXEI.PONIKAROVSKY201120128236.19
TIM.GLEASON201420157236.42

On the flip side, four members of this year team make the bottom ten, which is surprising considering the overall improvement of the team compared to recent years. The bottom pair has been a problem all season, but hopefully a temporary one as the youth in Charlotte continues to make strides.

Top Ten Hits (all situations)

PlayerSeasonGPiHF
TUOMO.RUUTU2010201182307
TUOMO.RUUTU2008200979228
ERIK.COLE2010201182224
TIM.GLEASON2010201182215
JORDAN.STAAL2013201482194
CHAD.LAROSE2010201182194
ERIK.COLE2007200873186
ANDREW.ALBERTS2009201075172
TIM.GLEASON2008200970171
BRETT.BELLEMORE2013201464169

Hits!

Anyway, that’s it for now. Hit me up on Twitter if you’d like to see other top/bottom ten lists.

@Cane-alytics

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