Eat Like a Star…On a Budget

On Friday, Jonathan Toews did his best convince the world he’s not a robot, and of course, failed dramatically.

A lot of people ignore the fact that what they eat can have an impact on their bodies. Eating the right food not only helps you get lean, but it changes how you think, act, feel and perform in all aspects of your life. This morning is a great example of the balance of whole foods I try to find with most meals. Today I have a small salad with mixed greens, a couple eggs, sauerkraut, nuts, seeds and goji berries. Alongside, a small bowl of gluten free chia coconut oatmeal with wild berries, a scoop of Walnut Almond Cashew butter from @Onnit and a nice big cup of @Onnit coffee with their MCT oil. Now I'm ready to overcome whatever obstacle the day decides to throw my way. #whatmakesyoubetter #totalhumanoptimization

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He also revealed that he, like most athletes, have zero concept of how real people stay healthy. After all, most of us don’t make $10.5 million a year, and budgeting is a concern of ours.

While it’s obvious that this was a sponsored post, one enterprising hockey fan added up how much it would cost to make Toews’ ideal breakfast.

That said, eating healthy is important. Food fuels us, and while I always scoff at fads like “paleo” or diets like “Atkins” there are some pretty easy ways to up your nutrition, cut empty calories, and not have to pay $17 for fancy nut butter.

Of course, diets and budgets are extremely personal, so make sure you’re following a plan that is best for your situation.

Still, here are a few tips and strategies that have helped me eat healthier without breaking the bank. Most of these are extremely common sense, so you may have heard them before, but I hope this is helpful to a few people.

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Relative Fenwick per Salary Band Over Time Masterpost (Defense)

Just yesterday I published a set of charts showing scoring chances relative over time for the forwards, and now I have a similar set for defenders. These charts show Fenwick For % Relative to a player’s team, but show the change over time per salary band.

Why Fenwick? Well, by removing blocked shots from the analysis, we can get a better idea of how good the defender is at shot suppression. If they’re blocking shots (as shown by Corsi) then they’re letting the opposing team get into a shooting lane with the puck, and that’s less than ideal.

The most important thing to know when reading these charts is that a higher Fenwick For % Relative is better, just like a higher Scoring Chance For % Relative is better for forwards. And if your team isn’t positive, you’ll want them to at least be higher than the league average.

Here are the NHL Averages:

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Relative Scoring Chances per Salary Band Over Time Masterpost (Forwards)

And here’s another Salary Band post, comparing Relative Scoring Chances For % over time. Some teams have trends, some you can see have guys from ELCs move into big contracts, etc. Despite the emergence of analytics over the last few years, there hasn’t been much of a change in GM behavior from 2006 to now.

Here is the NHL Average chart:

All NHL SCF Rel Over Time - F
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NHL Salary Bands Masterpost (Defense)

Alright, I know y’all have been waiting with bated breath for the follow up post and more charts! Everyone loves charts!

Here are the NHL Salary Band Charts for all 30 teams for Defensemen with over 500 minutes. Again, this is historical salary data, not cap hit, from 2006-2015 in all situations, because penalty kill & power play time are important when signing a player. Because it’s an average of every contract a team has touched during this timeframe, usually there is more than one player per band, so it’s intended to be an overarching view of how GMs value Dmen, not a measure of whether a specific player is good or not (though you can pick out a couple players in the higher price bands. Hi, Ryan Suter!).

Unlike the forwards, there is very little consensus across teams on what Dmen should be paid for the kind of work they do, so the usage charts are all over the place.

To kick things off, here are the NHL averages:

NHL Averages

NHL FA60 & Usage- Dmen

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NHL Salary Band Masterpost (Forwards)

So yesterday I posted a bunch of charts to twitter breaking down salaries, not cap hits, by price ranges, in an effort to help us better evaluate the historical effectiveness of our teams’ GMs.

First, please remember these charts are forwards only. Points per 60 and Primary Points per 60 (Goals+Primary Asissts per 60 minutes played) are not particularly good evaluators of Defensemen, as that’s not the function of that role.

Second, these charts are in all situations played, including penalty kill and power play time. Why not use 5v5? Because players get paid for work on special teams, too.

Last, this includes (hopefully) every single contract that a team has touched within the span of 2006-15. These tools are meant more as a way to evaluate GMs than to call out specific players (though it’s pretty easy to figure out who some of them are. Hi Benn! Hi Seguin!)

To give us a jumping off point, here are a breakdown of the NHL averages.

NHL Averages

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