Brian Campbell of the Florida Panthers has the worst +/- rating in the NHL. He has a -18 rating. He is also the ice time player in the league this season. He has played almost 25 more minutes than Ilya Kovalchuk, who is second in ice time in the league. These two numbers go together when you consider that Florida is the last place team in the NHL with the worst +/- rating.
It shouldn't be a big shock that the player who plays the most on the worst +/- team has the worst +/- in the league. Largely this shows that +/- is a team stat and Campbell is on a bad team. This is one problem with using raw numbers to compare players statistically. Nobody plays more than Campbell and there is no worse team than where he plays. It shouldn't be surprising that his raw numbers are bad. Continue reading "Worst +/- Rating"