It’s good to be generous. It gives you a good feeling, especially if your generosity leads to a teammate’s goal. Ryan O’Reilly of the Athens Greeks is one of the most generous guys in the league with 13 assists so far in 11 games.
But being generous all the time isn’t good, really. On the topic of generosity, the Roman statesman Tacitus said, “…generosity, unless tempered by due moderation, leads to ruin.”
Among goals, assists and other statistics, the EURO League also keeps track of who loses the puck the most. Gabriel Landeskog of Madrid has 30 giveaways in 11 games. It’s a good bet Royals Coach Dan Bylsma would like the 23-year-old assistant captain to be a little less generous with the puck.
But even though O’Reilly and Landeskog lead the league in their generous acts, there are others who are more generous – per minute – than they are.
O’Reilly plays 20 minutes per game for Coach John Tortarella. Nazem Kadri of the Belfast Giants plays 6 minutes per game less than O’Reilly and he has 12 assists, just one behind the Greek.
Here’s a statistical ranking of the top 10 in assists per time on the ice; followed by the top 10 in giveaways per ice time. Only players with at least 8 games played are considered. The formula is assists (or giveaways) divided by (minutes per game x games played) times 100.
The top 10 in assist are:
- Nazem Kadri, Belfast
- Bobby Butler, Athens
- David Legwand, Lisbon
- Mikko Koivu, Paris
- Ryan O’Reilly, Athens
- Mikael Backlund, Gothenburg
- Boyd Gordon, Athens
- Tyler Bozak, London
- Alexei Kalyuzhny, Moscow/Lisbon
- Jason Pominville, Athens
The top 10 in giveaways are:
- Ryan Strome, Zurich
- Leo Komarov, Bern
- John Mitchell, Moscow
- Joe Colburne, Zurich
- Drew Miller, Bern
- Gabriel Landeskog, Madrid
- Magnus Paajarvi, Lisbon
- Cale Tanaka, Moscow
- Jacob Josefson, Minsk
- Luis Leblanc, Edinburgh
In other categories, the top guys per minute are:
Hits – John Mitchell, Moscow; Barry Prust, Madrid; and Patrick Thoresen, Zurich
PIM – Barry Prust, Madrid; Zac Rinaldo, Minsk; and Wayne Simmonds, St. Petersburg
Shots – Kyle Turris, Paris; Tomas Jurco, Prague; and Andrew Ladd, Moscow
Blocked shots – Marcus Kruger, Milan; Staffan Kronwall, Athens; and Karl Alzner, Stockholm
Takeaways – Mikael Backlund, Gothenburg; Jonathan Huberdeau, St. Petersburg; and Patrick Thoresen, Zurich
Points – Nazem Kadri, Belfast; David Legwand, Lisbon; and Ryan O’Reilly, Athens
Goals – Kyle Palmieri, Athens; Brandon Bochenski, Lisbon; and Michael Ryder, Athens