Yesterday, we used the Snepsts system to take a closer look at Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and to place their current seasons in a historical context. Today, we'll complete our preparations for the Winter Classic by looking at their opponents, Alexander Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green of the Washington 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 two 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.