We have used the recently-coined Snepsts system to find historical comparables for leading snipers Jarome Iginla, Ilya Kovalchuk, Marian Hossa, Eric Staal, Alexander Semin and Steven Stamkos. By request, we're looking at Andrew Brunette, Phil Kessel and Tyler Seguin this week.
The Snepsts system
While 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 two years older or younger, and weights current, previous and past seasons at a 4:2:1 ratio. A more detailed explanation of the (at the time, unnamed) 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.