For third straight season, I've exported Yahoo!s hockey stats to Excel to see if I could match their "Rank" algorithm.
Last year I pegged it perfectly.
This year, not so perfect.
There are 860+ listed skaters and there are a few strange numerical differences at certain ranks that I couldn't fix.
(Explanation: Each player's gray category score should be lower than the player above him in rank. Where there isn't the case, by my spreadsheet, there is a number showing the difference. I adjust pink cells manually, tediously, to try to minimize the sum of the differences. Last year I completely ironed it out to a perfect zero-error list... but this year, there are weird ones. Two noticeable ones occuring at #54 Kyle Turris value-too-high and #59 Clarke MacArthur value-too-low. ???)
Anyways - for those that like the in-depth numbers, attached is my PDF of how Yahoo (might) compile the "Rank" based on category scores.
Yahoo's base 6 categories are: G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, SOG.
Each player gets a weighted score in each category:
For example (for league leaders of top 50 skaters, say):
80.863pts --> Ovechkin's 51 goals
90.218pts --> Crosby's 68 assists
38.000pts --> Bergeron's +38 [I use this as my "BASE" for my "score". +1 = 1pt. -1 = -1pts. Everything is weighted -see pink cells- off this.]
51.844pts --> Backes' 119 PIM. (not league leader, but you get the point)
79.717pts --> Backstrom's 44 PPP.
103.87pts --> Ovechkin's 386 SOG.
Category scores are good to understand, because you can see what "increase" or "decrease" in value a player might have if a certain statistic changed.
Ovechkin was a -35.
If he had simply been a +0, he'd have +35 more points.
That would put him at 313.450pts, still short of Crosby, but it would make Ovechkin a consensus #2 player in fantasy hockey, which is where he'll still likely be drafted.
Corey Perry was a +32.
If levels out to something like +10, you could remove -22pts.
That would send him down to 268.196pts... placing him below Benn/Seguin/Pavelski.
***This is for FULL-SEASON stats, exported straight out of Yahoo!***
So obviously guys that were injured like Stamkos & Malkin are going to be much lower in "Rank" than they would for a full 82-game schedule.