Analyzing the data, I found some interesting insights:
Data Analysis by Country
Players by Country
Not surprisingly, Canada represents the overwhelming majority of players included in the G.O.A.T list with 270 players, the United States (37), and Czechoslovakia (28) round out the top three player producing countries.
Average Player Career Points
Surprise! Finland tops the list with their career points average per player is 912.44. Canada (875.73) and Russia (840.63) round out the top three. Can you name the top scorer from Finland? Hint: He played with the Great One.
Data Analysis by Player
Career Points (Regular Season and Playoffs)
Obviously, Wayne Gretzky blows the rest of the players out of the water with 3.24k career points, followed by Mark Messier (2.18k) and Jaromir Jagr (2.07k).
Gordie Howe leads the way with 23 All-Star games in 26 NHL seasons, followed by Wayne Gretzky (18) and Frank Mahovlich and Mark Messier each with 15.
Here it is, the moment that you have been waiting for. The list of the Greatest NHL forwards of all-time. “The Great One”, Wayne Gretzky tops the list with a G.O.A.T calculation of 482.2. “Mr. Hockey”, Gordie Howe comes in second with a 322.6 score and Mario Lemieux rounds out the top three with a 309.2 score.
The full app is available here. Based on the results, it looks as if the younger players like Patrick Kane, Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin are benefiting from my calculation. Obviously, my list will differ from yours, but none the less it is fun to try to sort it out. ENJOY! In the comments section, let me know who you picked as your Top 5 overall from your country.