May 9, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) reaches for the puck in front of New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) during the third period in game six in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

KHL Advanced Stats

As the lockout continues a fair fraction of NHL stars are playing in the KHL which has become the de facto best hockey league in existence. If we are to follow this league across the pond it might be nice to see if we can import some of the techniques used in the modern evaluation of the NHL.

For a non-NHL league, the KHL keeps relatively good public statistics. Beyond the basic goals, assists, penalty minutes and plus minus, there are a number of  minor stats availible to work on, with personal shots (and derivatives, shots per game and shooting percentage), the split between special team and even strength goals, ice time and shifts all tracked. This isn`t enough information to do anything fancy like corsi, but it is enough to change the measurements from the mere counting of events into rate statistics, to see how quickly the players there are shooting, scoring and accumulating points.

To this end I`ve put together a database of the top 150 forward scorers in the KHL current to October 21 and put them through calculations to rank them based on their shots, goals and points per 60 minutes of ice time. Unfortunately since this while not factor in special teams play this method will be unfair to players that play on the penalty kill and unfairly favour those with proportionately more power play time but that appears to be an unavoidable issue at this point. For a full season of games I could probably look at PP, ES and PK goals scored to get an idea of who plays in what situation so that could be a further refinement.

Here are the said top 150 point scorers in the KHL, ranked by current points scored per hour.

Rank Name

shots per 60

goals per 60

points per 60

1 Tarasenko Vladimir

15.63

4.08

8.15

2 Kovalchuk Ilya

10.48

1.90

5.71

3 Kostitsyn Sergei

7.03

2.93

4.10

4 Makarov Dmitry

7.32

0.96

4.05

5 Klimenko Gleb

11.32

3.23

4.04

6 Makarov Igor

5.88

0.93

4.02

7 Starchenko Roman

7.85

2.62

3.92

8 Voracek Jakub

5.31

0.53

3.72

9 Varnakov Mikhail

13.73

1.67

3.53

10 Thornberg Martin

12.01

2.22

3.51

11 Mozyakin Sergei

8.34

1.54

3.51

12 Datsyuk Pavel

7.42

1.14

3.43

13 But Anton

11.10

1.14

3.42

14 Thoresen Patrick

8.20

1.68

3.36

15 Pesonen Janne

9.94

1.66

3.31

16 Ovechkin Alexander

17.25

1.35

3.23

17 Popov Alexander

4.56

0.80

3.22

18 Kuznetsov Evgeny

13.80

1.32

3.21

19 Mirnov Igor

10.68

2.14

3.09

20 Yakupov Nail

13.58

2.19

3.07

21 Radulov Alexander

7.36

1.11

3.06

22 Kontiola Petri

7.36

0.80

2.98

23 Bochenski Brandon

14.51

1.37

2.94

24 Petruzalek Jakub

13.29

1.55

2.94

25 Malkin Evgeny

15.99

0.90

2.93

26 Lehtera Jori

7.02

0.92

2.90

27 Koukal Petr

7.75

1.26

2.88

28 Tikhonov Viktor

7.04

1.60

2.88

29 Hodgman Justin

11.18

1.43

2.87

30 Abdullin Denis

9.39

1.63

2.86

31 Kostitsyn Andrei

12.04

1.90

2.85

32 Zherdev Nikolai

10.34

0.94

2.82

33 Obukhov Dmitry

6.63

1.27

2.80

34 Stapleton Tim

7.74

1.29

2.79

35 Demagin Sergei

10.78

1.20

2.79

36 Martensson Tony

9.01

1.07

2.79

37 Lisin Enver

9.76

1.95

2.79

38 Frolov Alexander

9.06

0.75

2.77

39 Gynge Richard

10.21

1.96

2.75

40 Skorokhodov Igor

10.24

2.25

2.75

41 Dawes Nigel

13.46

1.68

2.73

42 Milovzorov Yegor

9.44

0.45

2.70

43 Prucha Petr

11.31

1.66

2.66

44 Yakutsenya Maxim

8.81

1.54

2.64

45 Babenko Yury

5.57

1.17

2.64

46 Immonen Jarkko

7.60

1.05

2.62

47 Bumagin Alexander

8.46

1.30

2.60

48 Kasyanchuk Konstantin

7.36

1.10

2.58

49 Klepis Jakub

12.37

1.46

2.55

50 Filatov Nikita

10.14

1.01

2.53

51 Sannikov Stepan

7.52

1.25

2.51

52 Karpov Maxim

6.80

0.72

2.50

53 Bocharov Stanislav

8.00

2.09

2.43

54 Shipachyov Vadim

6.00

1.14

2.43

55 Lapenkov Evgeny

5.44

0.00

2.42

56 Nedorost Vaclav

7.43

1.12

2.42

57 Hagman Niklas

10.56

1.20

2.40

58 Kucheryavenko Alexander

3.30

0.60

2.40

59 Krasnoslobodtsev Vadim

10.74

1.59

2.39

60 Sitnikov Vitaly

5.75

0.99

2.38

61 Zaborsky Tomas

9.96

0.84

2.36

62 Trubachyov Yury

4.25

0.71

2.36

63 O Reilly Cal

3.34

0.20

2.36

64 Nilsson Robert

7.56

1.30

2.35

65 Golovin Alexander

8.53

1.55

2.33

66 Engqvist Andreas

7.16

0.42

2.32

67 Platt Geoff

10.51

1.26

2.31

68 Dadonov Evgeny

9.81

1.15

2.31

69 Kagarlitsky Dmitry

6.69

0.46

2.28

70 Satan Miroslav

8.92

1.14

2.28

71 Rudenko Konstantin

8.07

1.65

2.28

72 Robitaille Randy

6.21

0.61

2.27

73 Korolyuk Alexander

8.14

1.44

2.23

74 Simakov Alexei

5.26

0.85

2.20

75 Laine Teemu

12.98

1.60

2.20

76 Kalyuzhny Alexei

5.36

0.99

2.18

77 Bulis Jan

6.65

1.37

2.15

78 Tereshchenko Alexei

3.75

0.54

2.14

79 Ketov Evgeny

12.26

0.71

2.13

80 Grabovsky Mikhail

6.75

1.07

2.13

81 Morozov Alexei

8.99

0.70

2.11

82 Bliznak Mario

4.65

0.63

2.11

83 Lemtyugov Nikolai

9.26

1.68

2.11

84 Panov Konstantin

12.22

0.89

2.09

85 Karsums Martins

8.84

1.21

2.08

86 Anisin Mikhail

7.69

0.59

2.07

87 Osala Oskar

12.97

1.32

2.07

88 Hytonen Juha-Pekka

6.84

0.32

2.07

89 Zaripov Danis

9.04

0.77

2.07

90 Indrasis Miks

8.71

0.92

2.06

91 Videll Linus

10.05

1.03

2.06

92 Vondrka Michal

6.49

0.93

2.04

93 Khlystov Denis

7.48

0.61

2.02

94 Kapanen Niko

5.32

0.92

2.02

95 Hudacek Libor

8.39

1.68

2.01

96 Mikhnov Alexei

8.96

0.75

1.99

97 Ruzicka Stefan

12.92

0.90

1.97

98 Popov Andrei

8.40

1.40

1.96

99 Zhafyarov Damir

8.32

0.98

1.96

100 Yunkov Mikhail

5.87

0.49

1.96

101 Kokarev Denis

8.79

1.07

1.93

102 Christensen Erik

11.34

1.50

1.93

103 Radulov Igor

8.32

0.95

1.89

104 Gorovikov Konstantin

3.77

0.19

1.89

105 Tuppurainen Jani

7.12

0.94

1.87

106 Boyd Dustin

5.96

0.75

1.86

107 Enlund Jonas

7.74

0.46

1.86

108 Altaryоv Dmitry

4.54

0.82

1.86

109 Vyglazov Nikita

6.50

0.81

1.83

110 Grigorenko Igor

7.55

0.78

1.82

111 Lehtonen Mikko

11.69

0.78

1.82

112 Averin Yegor

7.47

1.36

1.81

113 Mereskin Alexander

7.45

0.77

1.80

114 Polygalov Igor

7.70

1.03

1.80

115 Krivonozhkin Maxim

9.32

0.72

1.79

116 Zinovyev Sergei

7.84

0.90

1.79

117 Zhmakin Stanislav

9.52

0.89

1.79

118 Chistov Stanislav

5.75

0.99

1.78

119 Miklik Michel

6.42

0.89

1.77

120 Irgl Zbynek

13.63

0.44

1.76

121 Andersson Jonas

8.19

1.08

1.72

122 Nesterov Alexander

9.96

0.71

1.66

123 Potapov Maxim

8.51

0.24

1.65

124 Lazarev Anton

7.08

0.73

1.63

125 Upper Dmitry

4.06

0.61

1.62

126 Shitikov Dmitry

6.26

0.93

1.62

127 Perezhogin Alexander

10.77

1.29

1.61

128 Malykhin Fyodor

10.88

0.68

1.59

129 Hossa Marcel

10.57

0.67

1.57

130 Spirko Rastislav

7.68

0.70

1.57

131 Zainullin Ruslan

9.11

1.30

1.56

132 Dzerins Andris

6.09

0.44

1.52

133 Kiiskinen Tuomas

5.66

0.22

1.52

134 Tsvetkov Alexei

4.03

0.21

1.48

135 Timkin Evgeny

6.64

1.11

1.48

136 Pyorala Mika

7.38

0.55

1.48

137 Stolyarov Gennady

7.16

1.05

1.47

138 Giroux Alexandre

12.06

1.16

1.39

139 Platonov Denis

11.02

0.77

1.35

140 Gubin Oleg

7.12

0.77

1.35

141 Ignatushkin Igor

6.35

0.77

1.35

142 Bushuyev Nikolai

5.12

0.57

1.33

143 Stas Andrei

7.20

0.57

1.33

144 Johnson Jamie

5.47

0.50

1.33

145 Chernykh Dmitry

5.68

0.57

1.32

146 Kazionov Denis

8.70

1.30

1.30

147 Badyukov Alexei

5.11

0.37

1.28

148 Petrov Kirill

11.07

0.85

1.28

149 Schastlivy Pyotr

11.96

0.81

1.22

150 Tarasov Dmitry

8.30

0.71

1.06

From this table we can quickly surmise a number of things:

- The NHLers aren`t running the table on their KHL brethren. The NHL stars are largely near the top of the list in a number of categories but the players that were KHL stars last year are still among the stars of the lockout strengthen league. Guys like Bochenski, Thoresen and Morozov can hold their turf in their own league.

- A 2nd line NHL winger is a strong 1st line KHL winger, judging by the relative performances of players like the Kostitsyns or Voracek.

- Great NHL players like Malkin and Ovechkin break the KHL, it just hasn`t shown up yet. Ovechkin and Malkin together lead the KHL in shot rate by a country mile, Oveckin with 17.29 per hour, Malkin with 15.99 per hour. Both are shooting at uncharacteristic sub-10% percentages. Expect the goals to start flooding in if they stay in Russia. Last year the best players in the KHL could only manage around 12 per hour.

- Pavel Datsyuk on the other hand, despite being a 40 goal man in the NHL, isn`t crushing it as a goal scorer or heavy volume shooter in the KHL. Instead it seems he`s been playing primarily as a set up man, as his fantastic assist rate shows.

- St. Louis prospect Tarasenko is crushing it on the rate statistics, but further analysis shows that this is due to a scoring run as a sheltered player. Tarasenko played only 12 minutes a night for 7 games, behind the likes of Kovalchuk and Thoresen but got a enough PP time to pot 4 of his 6 goals there. St. Petersburg`s wealthy of talent allowed him to be used solely as an offensive weapon for the short period he was in the lineup. He also shot at above 25% to get his 6 goals.

- Radulov gets a ton of ice time. The forward plays 24 minutes for CSKA Moscow, which explains why he`s got the scoring lead so far.

Tags: Fancy Stats KHL Montreal Canadiens NHL Lockout

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