Recently, we've used the Snepsts system to look at some of the league's top snipers, like Jarome Iginla, Ilya Kovalchuk, Marian Hossa, Alexander Semin, Phil Kessel, Steven Stamkos and Eric Staal. Since it's a such a fun way to peer into the NHL's vast vault of history and gain insight into what to expect from today's players, today and tomorrow we'll prepare for the Winter Classic by finding comparables for the stars of the Penguins and Capitals.
The Snepsts System
There are many ways to search history to find players with comparable statistics. What particularly defines the Snepsts system is that it searches all of NHL's history, normalizes data to the modern era, rules out players over 2 years older or younger, and weights current, previous and past seasons at a 4/2/1 ratio. A more detailed explanation of the methodology is here.
As a reminder, these are not similar players, but rather players with similar statistics. Looking at how the future unfolded for them can be an entertaining way to give us insight into what to expect from our target players.