The Noon Number: 953

953.

The PDO for the most statistically unlucky player in the National Hockey League since the start of last season, David Booth.

PDO is, as we all know, an easily calculable statistic that just adds up a team's shooting percentage while the player is on the ice with the team's save percentage. Since every shot must result in a save or a goal, the combined PDO of the entire NHL is 1000 (or 100, whichever notation you prefer. I like the notation where a normalized PDO is 1000, so that I can say "nine fifty three" or "one-oh-twenty" more easily).

David Booth had a fine game against Chicago. He scored a goal, recorded another assist, was a plus-possession player, and yet, he was somehow a minus-2. Well, that doesn't make sense.

Nobody can be so bad defensively that every shot they give up while on the ice can turn into a scoring chance or a goal, but that's the illusion that Booth creates. In two years, he is a -36 at even strength, but by looking at his PDO, we can tell that the poor dude's goalie has:

A) Never bailed him out

B) Let in bad goals

Seriously. Over a season and a bit, his goalies have made an .892 save percentage at even strength. You know which goalies are bad enough to record an .892? It's somewhere in the area between Carolina backup Justin Peters and NY Islanders onetime backup Nathan Lawson. It's worse than soon-to-be-waived Jonas Gustavsson and less than a percentage point better than Steve Mason.

Conversely, his on-ice shooting percentage is 6.2%. 6.2% shooting at the other end means the goalie is stopping .938 pucks at even strength. Which goalies did that last season? Tim Thomas (.947) and nobody else.

According to Thom Drance at Canucks Army who may have a post about this soon, his scoring chance numbers are pretty good since joining the Canucks. So are the rest of his underlying numbers. Since joining Vancouver, 67.2% of all goals, shots, missed shots and blocked shots have been at the other end of the ice, which has got to be up there with some of the best players in hockey right now. In the last year and a bit, including his time on stinky Florida, that number is 52.5%. And yet his team has only registered 36.3% of the goals.

David Booth, ladies and gentlemen, the unluckiest man on the face of the earth.

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