There might be a bit of surprise with the top three. Neither NHL assists leader Josh Bailey or league leader in goals Anders Lee isn’t either. Game score still counts goals and assists (both primary and secondary) and gives each a pretty decent score.
But goals and assists aren’t everything. Like you now know, game score encompasses much of what goes on in a game. A player might not have any goals, but put enough shots on net, have a great Corsi rating and they could just get top honours on the night.
1. Mathew Barzal (3.19)
There’s no surprise that the rookie points leader would be in the New York Islanders top three. He has great point production and primary point production per 60 with 2.55 (third on the team) and 2.06 (fourth on the team) respectively.
His giveaways are high, which is normal for a puck carrier, but his takeaways per 60 are top of the team with 2.79 (only Josh Bailey and Josh Ho-Sang are above 2.00).
Barzal just does everything right. Add that almost point per game pace he’s on and that’s going to bump up his game score stats.
2. John Tavares (3.12)
What hasnt’ been said about John Tavares already? We’re starting to run out of words to describe just how amazing he is.
He’s well over a point per game pace with 49 in 38 games. He leads the team with 3.05 points per 60, primary points per 60 with 2.48, and is second on the team with an individual Corsi for of 14.44 (only Johnny Boychuk is higher with 17.03).
Tavares is a man possessed right now. Which I’m sure will do well for his pocketbook at the end of the season when he inevitably resigns with the Islanders.
3. Jordan Eberle (3.09)
How good has this trade been? The New York Islanders can’t stop winning the trade. Jordan Eberle was originally brought in to be that winger the Isles have always wanted for Tavares. Turns out that winger was Josh Bailey all along.
No matter, Jordan Eberle has seamlessly meshed with Mathew Barzal. The two are as synced up as can be. Oh, and Ryan Strome is doing ok, with his 17 points in 38 games.