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There's a theory out there (which I subscribe to, with certain caveats) which states that NHL players have no noticeable impact on on-ice save percentage, and a small impact on on-ice shooting percentage.

Therefore, since these things fluctuate quite a bit between players on the same team, we can chalk much of it up to luck, bounces, and other unrepeatable stuff - and these things can make us regard players as either better or worse than they really are.

Enter PDO numbers.  The PDO number is a simple measure of even-strength on-ice shooting percentage and save percentage.  The league average, for obvious reasons, is 100.  After the jump: those numbers for the Oilers so far this season.

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  • Dustin Penner: 111.8
  • Andrew Cogliano: 111.0
  • Zack Stortini: 108.5
  • Ethan Moreau: 108.3
  • Gilbert Brule: 108.1
  • Sam Gagner: 106.9
  • Ales Hemsky: 105.8
  • TEAM AVERAGE: 105.4
  • J-F Jacques: 104.7
  • Patrick O'Sullivan: 103.5
  • Robert Nilsson: 102.0
  • Mike Comrie: 101.5
  • LEAGUE AVERAGE: 100.0
  • Shawn Horcoff: 96.4
  • Ryan Stone: 94.0

Defence

  • Ladislav Smid: 110.6
  • Taylor Chorney: 109.5
  • Lubomir Visnovsky: 108.8
  • Jason Strudwick: 105.4
  • TEAM AVERAGE: 105.4
  • Steve Staios: 104.3
  • Tom Gilbert: 101.6
  • LEAGUE AVERAGE: 100.0
  • Denis Grebeshkov: 99.6
  • Sheldon Souray: 99.4
  • Theo Peckham: 89.5