I’ve been in far, far too many arguments about the relative feats of NHL players like Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Gordie Howe, and Alexander Ovechkin. So, I decided to do something about it. After a few nights in Excel and a few more in Illustrator, I think I’m satisfied with this as a first draft. The following infographic/poster (it’s full size is 22″ x 33″) compares NHL forwards between the years 1925 and 2009. To make the comparison more fair, I created what I like to call the Fair Scoring Metric. The FSM essentially takes a player’s goals, assists, or points per game for a season and divides it by the median of all forwards for that season (those who have played at least half the season). This should account for different season lengths and different eras where the relative ease of scoring varied substantially. The upshot? It all comes down to Mario and Wayne, with Mario having the slight edge in the end. Please enjoy, and as this is a first draft of the poster, I welcome any and all suggestions/typos/inaccuracies.
UPDATE: I’ve noticed that in some versions of Adobe Reader, vertical lines show up in the second bar graph. I will try to put out an updated version as soon as I can. Sorry about that.
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