Is John Tavares of the New York Islanders one of the 25 best players in the NHL under the age of 25?
As of Sunday, he's 12th in the League in scoring with 48 points in 46 games. His career points per game average stands at 0.82. He's 53 percent on faceoffs, and is tied with Michael Grabner with 56 takeaways to lead the Islanders.
But Neil Greenberg goes deeper than the available stats. He's a columnist for the Washington Post and ESPN.com, analyzing the NHL using advanced statistics and metrics that purport to show the real value and output of a player.
When I saw Greenberg at a Washington Capitals game recently, he spoke about taking some heat for a list he published on ESPN: The Top 25 NHL Players the Under Age of 25 (sub. required). The pitchforks and torches were understandable: Jeff Skinner and Tyler Seguin were omitted due to sample size. Jamie Benn and Matt Duchene were left off due to Greenberg's analysis, as was Tavares.
The Islanders broadcast team of Howie Rose and Butch...