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Forward Power Rankings
posted Mar 21, 2006 at 02:49PM

In a prelude to putting down some thoughts on possible play-off line combinations, I thought it might be constructive to actually try to rank our forwards in terms of overall offensive skill. As in all things, hockey included, there are levels upon levels, and sometimes the differences between players can seem intangible.

I have broken the rankings up into "Tiers" to show where I think significant gaps in skill level occur. It should be understood that in these rankings I am not incorporating future" potential" in my figuring. I am looking at the players as they are now, for this playoff season. This particularly applies to players like Vermette, Eaves and Kelly who would move up the scale if this was incorporated.

As well, I am looking at them as "independent" hockey players. Which means there are situations where a lower ranked player will do better than someone ranked above him. This would usually only happen when the difference between two players is pretty slim. There are situations where I would put Vermette over Arnason, and others where I would put Eaves over Vermette.

In a similar vein I do incorporate the differences in the quality of ice time players have enjoyed, which may have given a lower ranked player higher point totals than players who I feel have more raw offensive aptitude. This comes in especially in putting Kelly above Neil.

Elite
Alfredson

First Tier
Havlat
Spezza
Heatley

Second Tier
Fisher
Schaeffer
Smolinski
Arnason
Vermette
Eaves

Third Tier
Kelly
Neil

Depth
Hamel**
Schubert*
Varada
Martins**

Attendance
McGrattan

*depth defenceman turned forward
** in Binghampton

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