DPR – Dynamic Player Rating
DPR is a proprietary metric on a scale of 0 to 100 which measures 14 different statistics to assess a player’s production on a game-to-game basis. There are three different adaptations of the metric for forwards, defenders, and goalies.
Our DPR gradings scale is the following:
100 = A+
90 = A
85 = A-
80 = B+
75 = B
70 = B-
65 = C+
60 = C
55 = C-
50 = D+
45 = D
40 = D-
35 or below = F
Anything above a 100 is a special game. It’s important to understand that it would be close to impossible to average anything above a 90 over the course of an entire season. However, in a single game, this does happen. Anything above a 100 is a ⭐ for us and it’s worth noting, that the grading scale is most relevant on a game to game basis. To see the NHL’s leaders in our three different categories per DPR this season click here.
There’s also no way to break or stump the metric, as it allows for games above 100 or below 0, which has happened in some of this season’s best—and worst—performances.
Additionally, forwards and defenders have slightly different weights for time on ice, which is weighed higher for defenders, with minimum and maximum thresholds. This allows us to value defenseman, who logically produce fewer stats, on a more even playing field with forwards.
Our Dynamic Player Rating takes into account Even Strength Goals, Even Strength Assists, Plus/Minus, Shots produced, Shooting Percentage, Face-Offs Won, Hits, Power Play Goals, Short Handed Goals, Power Play Assists, Short Handed Assists, Penalty Minutes, and Time on Ice.
Every statistic has a specific weight and in some cases specific qualifiers—for example, if a player never takes faceoffs, they won’t be penalized for not having any. There are positive and negative stats which can raise or lower a player’s DPR.
Even Strength or Short Handed points are valued higher than Power Play Points, but points are far from the only way in which a player can raise their DPR.
For goaltenders, we have taken into account seven statistics, which are: Goals Against, Scoring Chance Goals Against, Non-Scoring Chance Goals Against, Saves, Save Percentage, Shooting Percentage Against, and we assign a bonus to a goalie for having a clean sheet.
BSN’s other in-house stats
% of Shots on Goal
This is Shots on Goal/Total Shot Attempts. It’s a way of seeing how many of the players shot attempts are actually getting on target. After all, isn’t the goal to get your shots into dangerous areas?
Special Teams %
With this stat, we are establishing what percentage of a player’s total time on ice is being spent on special teams units—power play or penalty kill.
Combined Usage %
This is a basketball stat we’ve adopted and applied to hockey. While in basketball this measures the percentage of plays a team runs that a player is “used” in, our hockey adaptation is the percentage of how many shots on goal a player accounts for out of his team’s overall shots on goal.
Analyst Grade: these are our in-house grades that the BSN Avalanche beat writers give you after every single game. We also have those averaged out in our player profiles. You can click on each grade to go to the link of those specific game grades.
Note: as of now, this is the only stat that’s not sortable in our game logs.
OTHER ADVANCED STATS WE USE
Goalie Point Shares
Much like win shares, which we use in our basketball database and are explained here, this is an old Bill James stat—who is the godfather of all advanced sports statistics. It is an estimate of the number of wins, or win shares, that a goalie is responsible for.
It is explained in much more depth here by Justin Kubatko, who’s since adapted the old James stat in different ways to several different sports.
Table of Contents
Primary Assists: This doesn’t take into account secondary assists and only tracks being the final passer on an assisted goal.
Primary Points: Primary Assists plus Goals.
Power Play Points
SOG / Game
Shots On Goal Per Game
Shots On Goal Percentage
Special Teams Percentage
Combined Usage Percentage
Corsi For Percentage at Even Strength
Our in-house BSN Analyst Grades
ES Save %
Even Strength Save Percentage
PP Save %
Power Play Save Percentage
SH Save %
Short Handed Save Percentage
Quality Start Percentage
Goalie Point Shares
Scoring Chance Goals Against
Non-Scoring Chance Goals Against
Low Danger Save Percentage
Medium Danger Save Percentage
High Danger Save Percentage