Flyers' Jakub Voracek, Claude Giroux have been most consistent players

Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek have been as consistent as two players can be for the Philadelphia Flyers. (USATSI)
Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek have been as consistent as two players can be for the Flyers. (USATSI)

One of my biggest complaints when it comes to analyzing hockey in 2015 is the way certain players -- specifically top players -- are too often criticized for being "streaky" or too inconsistent.

Players don't typically go through a full season recording points on a consistent schedule. They get them in bunches with a couple of droughts thrown in the middle, which often leads to the "streaky" label. The players that are able to consistently put up points without an extended drought of more than three or four games are a very rare exception and usually limited to the top 10 or so players in the league, if that. And even then, they are still prone to the occasional lengthy drought. 

That said, now that we are just about at the halfway point of the 2014-15 season I wanted to look at the top scorers in the NHL and see which ones have done the best job at consistently producing points. I went through the NHL's top 40 point producers (through Jan. 3) and looked at how many games they recorded at least one point and what their longest pointless drought has been. 

Here is a look at the top 15 out of that group.

Some of the names at the top might be a little surprising. Also surprising: Some of the names that do not appear at the top. 

Most Consistent Point Producers
Player Games With Point Total Games Percentage of Games with point Longest pointless streak
Jakub Voracek (Philadelphia Flyers 29 39 74.3 2
Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) 29 39 74.3 3
Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers) 28 38 73.6 1
Rick Nash (New York Rangers) 26 36 72.2 3
Joe Thornton (San Jose Sharks 27 38 71.0 2
Mark Giordano (Calgary Flames) 28 40 70.0 3
Tyler Johnson (Tampa Lightning) 27 39 69.2 3
Jiri Hudler (Calgary Flames) 27 39 69.2 4
Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars) 25 37 67.5 3
Henrik Sedin (Vancouver Canucks) 25 37 67.5 3
Mike Ribeiro (Nashville Predators) 25 37 67.5 3
Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks) 26 39 66.7 4
Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis Blues) 26 39 66.7 3
Ryan Johansen (Columbus Blue Jackets) 24 36 66.7 3
Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks) 25 38 65.7 2

Look at the Philadelphia Flyers' duo of Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek at the top. To say they are doing everything they can to carry their team is quite the understatement. Each has been as reliable as any player can possibly be and Giroux is the NHL's only player that has not gone consecutive games without recording at least a single point. If only their seasons were not being wasted on a team that is being sucked into a black hole of defensive incompetence. For as good as they have been, though, they are still probably due for a four- or five-game slump in the second half.

Two other names that really stand out in the top-five: Everybody's favorite big-money whipping boys, Rick Nash and Joe Thornton. Newsflash: They're both great players. 

Mark Giordano is not only leading his team in scoring as a defenseman (and not only among the NHL's leading scorers) but he has also been a rock when it comes to producing points. Giordano has been held off the scoresheet only 12 times so far this season. As he goes, the Flames go. 

Among the NHL's top 40 scorers, only 10 have managed to go fewer than three games in a row without scoring at some point this season, while 12 of them have, at least once, gone at least four games without recording a point. Four players (Logan Couture, Johnny Gaudreau, Bryan Little and Alex Ovechkin) have gone at least five games. Little has the longest pointless streak among the league's top scorers at seven games. 

The only player in the top 40 in scoring that has failed to record a point in at least 50 percent of his games thus far is Alex Ovechkin (points in 18 of 37 games, or 48.6 percent).

Among the more notable NHL superstars, Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos and Phil Kessel all check in with a point in at least 60 percent of their teams games. Jonathan Toews has at least one in 55 percent of the Blackhawks' games while Henrik Zetterberg has scored in 58 percent of his games.

CBS Sports Writer

Adam Gretz has been writing about the NHL and taking an analytical approach to the game since the start of the 2008 season. A member of the PHWA since 2015, he has spent more than three years covering... Full Bio

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