I've already sung my praises of Reasoner in the thread yesterday - played really tough competition and still made out quite solid, despite weak teammates, and provides offensive contributions.
Well I thought you'd also find it interesting to compare his GVT total, a measure trying to take the value of a player's contributions on the ice on offense/defense and the shootout and combine it into a single number, to Islanders from last year. The following table includes the GVT totals of every Islander last year and Marty Reasoner.
(For an explanation of GVT, see here:)
|Name||Position||GP||Offensive or Goaltending GVT||Defnsive GVT||Shootout GVT||Total GVT|
I'm not a big fan of GVT, but it really shows the story of how great a signing this was for the Isles here. Reasoner put up 7.8 GVT, with 5.5 of that coming on defense. That's a better defensive contribution than Frans Nielsen! And his total GVT would put his value on par with Matt Moulson, though the two players got there in different ways.
Of course, his GVT is far above that of Zenon Konopka, the guy he'd inevitably be replacing. In essence, the Islanders became 8 goals better by replacing Zenon with Reasoner. That's equivalent to 1 and a third wins, or nearly 3 points in the standings. That's pretty damn good for a fourth liner.
Now, don't get too excited here - I'm not a huge fan of a lot of what GVT does, including how it measures defense (I'd still take Frans over him). And for his career, Reasoner has roughly put up 3 GVT per season, not 8. GVT doesn't even take into account quality of competition as well though that should make Reasoner look better, given who he faced.
But the other advanced statistics show quite clearly how effective he is, and GVT paints a clear picture....this should not be dismissed as a mere 4th line signing. Reasoner is a large upgrade, and as the fourth line gets better, the first and second lines will gain greater scoring opportunities.
Good work Garth.