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More To The Sam Gagner vs. Chosen Line Comparisons

BSOD has everyone in Edmonton in love with all players drafted since 2008 while simultaneously crapping all over every player drafted prior to 2008. But when those players are compared directly to each other, a noticeable trend (at least by the possession metrics) is evident. The shiny baubles (except for Taylor Hall) aren't outpacing the musty old things.

The horizontal axis shows qualcomp, specifically Corsi relative quality of competition taken from the venerable and terrifying Gabriel Desjardins' The vertical axis shows percentage of faceoffs taken in the defensive zone, again from the venerable and terrifying one. The bubbles are color-coded: blue means the player in the bubble has a positive zonestart-adjusted Corsi, red a negative. Finally, the size of the bubble indicates absolute value zonestart-adjusted Corsi. The shapes are matched by age, so direct comparisons can be made between the prospects everyone should like more (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle) and the prospect it's okay to hate (Sam Gagner).


*Click to enlarge or find the full-sized chart here.