Friday, December 23, 2011

Matt Moulson is the Most Underappreciated Man in Hockey

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Over the last three seasons ('09-'10, '10-'11, '11-12):

Player A: 76 goals, 50 assists, 126 points
Player B: 76 goals, 64 assists,  140 points
Player C: 81 goals, 76 assists, 158 points

Player A makes $3.13 million dollars per year (3 years $9.4 mill), Player B  makes $5.27 million per year (11 years $58 mill), Player C makes $5.4 million per year (5 years $27 mill).

Player B was a 1st round pick and has one All-Star appearance, Player C was a 1st round pick and has one All-Star appearance, and Player A was a 9th round pick with no All-Star appearances.

It should not be difficult to figure out from the title of the article that Matt Moulson is Player A. But if you could not figure it out, Player B is Jeff Carter and Player C is Phil Kessel. Both Carter and Kessel are considered stars in the league with Kessel being a borderline "superstar" and yet Moulson would be lucky to get a call for the All-Star game.

If you break it down to points for each million they make per year, Moulson scores 13.42 points per million, Carter scores 8.86 points per million, and Kessel scores 9.75 points per million. Moulson is giving the Islanders way more bang for the buck than these two All-Stars and he doesn't just score.

He has 206 hits over the last 3 seasons compared to 129 for Carter, and 30 for Kessel. He has 115 blocked shots compared to 86 for Carter, and 41 for Kessel. Lastly while Carter is on the worst team in hockey right now, but Moulson's team is not very far behind, and Kessel is on a very good one yet Moulson leads the three of them with a +5.

I know this article is going all over the place, but I am trying to throw as many stats out there as possible to show just how good Matt Moulson is.  Moulson is one of the most talented forwards in the league with a serious knack for putting the puck in the back of the net.  Moulson's career 14.3% shooting percentage is well above the 11.8% of Alex Ovechkin, the 13.3% of Marian Gaborik, and 12.5% of Evgeni Malkin—three of the most prolific scorers in the league.  If Moulson had played a few miles away for the Rangers instead of the Islanders he would no doubt be considered a star.


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