The NHL is over. At least the season before Stanley Cup.
Here are the numbers, courtesy of Quant hockey:
So Canada has 48.9% of the players in NHL this season, they score on average 49.3% (+0,4%) of the goals and 1,4% less than the number of players in doing assists. Their points score is 0.8 percent lower as compared to the number of players.
The USA is worse of. With 24,6 % of all players in the NHL, they only make 23.5% of the goals and only 22,1% of the assists, In points they are 2.4 Percent below what you would expect ( it is like 10 percent lower by a comparative math exercise).
The Swedes fly out of the water in comparative numbers. They score 1,3% more goals than expected on average as compared to their population in the NHL and a whopping 2,8% better than they are players as it comes to assist. With a total of game points that is 2,6% better than expected over the season, we wonder who Don Cherry is?
Nope, it is not the water you drink that makes you a better hockey player. It is culture and one part of that hockey culture is spelled - Floorball in school. Or how you give stickhandling skills to almost every citizen.