Brayden Point is Lightning’s biggest offensive contributor

The third-year center has contributed more primary points to the Lightning's team goals than any other player.
Brayden Point (21) celebrates a goal during the Lightning's win over the Bruins earlier this month in Tampa. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
Brayden Point (21) celebrates a goal during the Lightning's win over the Bruins earlier this month in Tampa. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
Published December 12 2018
Updated December 12 2018

Not all points are created equal.

At least, in the mind of ESPN contributor Dimitri Filipovic.

To determine which NHL players carry the biggest offensive burdens for their teams, Filipovic counted only primary points (goals and first assists, dropping second assists) and adjusted for strength of team.

Based on that criteria, center Brayden Point is the Lightning's biggest offensive contributor and one of the league leaders.

Point has 37 primary points on the Lightning's 128 team goals for an offensive contribution percentage of 28.91.

That puts him tops on his team and 14th in the league.

Edmonton's Connor McDavid, who has primary points on 34 of the Oilers' 81 goals, ranks first at 41.98.

"After bursting onto the scene as a dominant five-on-five player who many thought deserved love in the Selke Trophy discussion for his defensive exploits, (Point) has taken his game to an entirely different stratosphere this season," Filipovic writes.

"Having forced his way onto the top power-play unit and an even-strength gig centering Nikita Kucherov, the sky is the limit for him offensively."

Point leads the NHL in primary points at both five-on-five and all situations and trails only Washington's Alex Ovechkin for most goals scored, Filipovic points out.

Only McDavid, Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon and Kucherov have created more five-on-five goals than Point since last season.

Point follows in the footsteps of teammate Steven Stamkos, who has two of the top seven seasons league-wide in terms of offensive contribution percentage since 2007. Stamkos' 36.64 rating in 2011-12 is sixth-best. His 36.15 in 2009-10 is seventh-highest.

Ovechkin's 42.44 in 2007-08 was tops during that span.

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