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Patrick Kane isn't only big points contributor

by Rob Vollman

Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars are generally believed to be the NHL's biggest scoring contributors -- after Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks.

However, the Stars have a potent offense that has scored 47 goals without Benn or Seguin on the score sheet, which is more than several teams have scored without their top contributors, including the New Jersey Devils and Mike Cammalleri, and the Calgary Flames and Johnny Gaudreau.

The statistic used to find the League's top offensive contributors is each player's percentage of team scoring, which is calculated as individual points divided by total goals.

Going into play Wednesday, there are six players who have contributed more than Benn and Seguin, and a couple more who are close behind.

Individual Share of Total Team Scoring, 2015-16
Player Team Points Team Goals % of Team Scoring
Patrick Kane Chicago 43 78 55.1%
Mike Cammalleri New Jersey 30 69 43.5%
Claude Giroux Philadelphia 24 56 42.9%
Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh 25 60 41.7%
Daniel Sedin Vancouver 31 76 40.8%
Taylor Hall Edmonton 28 69 40.6%
Jamie Benn Dallas 39 98 39.8%
Tyler Seguin Dallas 39 98 39.8%
Johnny Gaudreau Calgary 26 68 38.2%
Vladimir Tarasenko St. Louis 27 71 38.0%
Erik Karlsson Ottawa 32 87 36.8%

Though some of these names aren't a surprise -- Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers -- this perspective does help showcase the surprising contributions of the following six players.

Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks: The only surprise about Kane's presence at the top of the list is the margin between him and second place.

To put his lead into perspective, Penguins forward Sidney Crosby led the NHL last season by scoring or assisting on 38.7 percent of Pittsburgh's goals. If you go back to Wayne Gretzky's record-setting 1985-86 season with the Edmonton Oilers, his 215 points were 50.5 percent of Edmonton's scoring.

Mike Cammalleri, New Jersey Devils: Cammalleri is the biggest surprise on this list. Limited to 68 games last season, and spending most of his time with New Jersey on a checking line with Jordin Tootoo and Travis Zajac, Cammalleri scored or assisted on 23.9 percent of its goals.

This season, the Devils have scored 69 goals; Cammalleri has scored or assisted on 30 (43.5 percent). The success of Cammalleri's line, which includes Adam Henrique and Lee Stempniak, who are second and third on the Devils with 23 and 21 points, is the main reason New Jersey is back in Stanley Cup Playoff contention.

Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks: Other than 43-year-old Jaromir Jagr of the Florida Panthers, 35-year-old Daniel Sedin is the oldest player to lead his team in scoring. With 31 points in 29 games, Sedin has 15 points more than anyone on the Canucks other than twin brother Henrik Sedin.

To measure Daniel Sedin's contributions another way, there's a statistic called Individual Points Percentage (IPP). According to NHL data aggregated by David Johnson, Sedin has scored or assisted on 81.6 percent of Vancouver's goals that were scored while he was on the ice. That's typical for Daniel, whose IPP was 77.6 in 2014-15. Essentially, if a goal was scored while he was on the ice, you can bet he was in on it.

Taylor Hall, Edmonton Oilers: Last season, Jordan Eberle ranked eighth by scoring or assisting on 32.6 percent of Edmonton's goals. This year, the biggest contributor is Hall, who leads the Oilers with 28 points in 28 games.

If only games when a player competed were considered, Edmonton's top offensive contributor would be Leon Draisaitl, whose 20 points represent 44.4 percent of the Oilers' scoring in the 18 games he's played. By comparison, Connor McDavid's 12 points represent 33.3 percent of Edmonton's scoring through his 13 games before he fractured his clavicle.

Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames: Gaudreau is the third youngest to lead his team, older than 20-year-old rookie Max Domi (Arizona Coyotes; 23 points in 28 games), and 19-year-old rookie Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings; 22 points in 28 games).

With 26 points in 27 games, Gaudreau is a bigger part of a smaller offense than Domi or Larkin. Arizona and Detroit are near the League average with 75 and 72 goals, respectively; Calgary ranks 23rd with 68 goals.

Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators: The only defenseman in the top 10, with 32 points in 28 games, Karlsson has scored or assisted on 36.8 percent of Ottawa's goals. The only other defensemen at 30 percent are Justin Faulk of the Carolina Hurricanes (32.8 percent), John Klingberg of Dallas (30.6 percent), and Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild (30.0 percent). Karlsson led NHL defensemen last season, edging P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens 28.4 percent to 28.0 percent.

Karlsson leads the Senators in points and with 770:46 played, which is 36.8 percent more than the next most frequently used player, forward Kyle Turris. Karlsson was at 41.8 percent last season.

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