With our approach to evaluating each player in NHL history established, how will we bring the results to life? Let’s meet the PPS Player Cards. These cards are the canvas for the Adjusted Hockey project, profiling each player’s career, place in history, and ultimately, their HHOF worthiness using a data-driven approach.
Hockey’s online community is familiar with many stylish player visuals — images that have ushered the modern analytics movement into the mainstream via social media.
Pictured below are how some of hockey’s top public analysts illustrated Nathan MacKinnon in Summer 2022 (clockwise from top left): The Athletic via Dom Luszczyszyn; JFresh; Andy & Rono; HockeyViz; and Evolving Wild. As the PPS system gains further visibility, this is the elite company that Adjusted Hockey seeks to join for instant analysis on NHL players.
PPS Player Cards have three major distinctions from the current landscape of player profiles:
- The cards are not limited to those players in the analytics age of 2006-07 to the present. Since the PPS cards do not use advanced data points, every NHL player in history — from Gordie Howe to Sidney Crosby — has a card.
- The cards cover a player’s entire career. The PPS cards are not a live projection tool, nor do they highlight specific season(s). As a result, each card encapsulates a player’s full career, as of the most recently completed NHL season.
- The cards focus on a player’s place in history, specifically their HHOF case. The PPS cards rank a player both within their era and all-time, presenting the individual’s HHOF case against the standard. A snapshot is created that can instantly fuel public HHOF discussion.
If you’ve been reading along, most of the details in Rod Brind’Amour‘s example card above have already been highlighted in the About section of the site. Let’s bring it all together.
The primer below serves as a guide for the information within a PPS card, using Jarome Iginla as the poster boy. This PPS card primer should be a commonly cited reference.
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Iginla’s PPS card expresses the following highlights:
- As a Modern Era forward, the post-expansion HHOF standard for Iginla is 235.
- Iginla easily exceeds the standard with a PPS of 295, placing him in the Qualified tier of HHOF worthiness. The methodology identifies him as a clear HHOFer.
- Among forwards, his PPS score is 16th in his era, 30th all-time.
- Iginla is credited with 1,445 career era adjusted points (vs. 1,300 career NHL points).
- In an 82-game season, Iginla averaged 75 points after adjusting for era, playing the equivalent of 19.3 NHL seasons. Read more about Adjusted Pace here.
- Over his best three-season stretch, Iginla peaked as the 4th-best forward in the NHL. Read more about High Noon here.
Further details on the methodology can be found here: https://adjustedhockey.com/pps-system/
PPS cards are a powerful visual tool to objectively summarize a player’s career and HHOF case.
Era concepts, PPS System, Adjusted GP, Adjusted Seasons, NHL Award Shares from Adjusted Hockey;
League data information used herein was obtained free of charge from and is copyrighted by the Hockey Databank project. For more information about the Hockey Databank project, visit https://groups.io/g/hockey-databank/topics;
Points Shares and Adjusted Stats methodology from Hockey-Reference.com