I think most of you know by now that when it comes to awards such as the Patty Kazmaier where “most valuable” is up for discussion, I tend to lean towards “most valuable to their team” rather than “best.”

This is also going to end up being a comparison of Giguère against Alina Müller and Abby Roque, which is unfair because they are all fantastic players who were extremely valuable to their teams.

But man, if Giguère doesn’t win, I am going to be mad.

Even taking basic statistics on their own, Giguère has the slight edge over her counterparts.  Her and Müller are tied with 66 points and Giguère’s 37 goals best Müller by 10, Roque by 11, and the rest of the NCAA by 7 or more.  Giguère also led the NCAA in shots with 245.  Müller wasn’t too far behind at 207 and Roque lagged significantly at 131.

Again, all fantastic players who made their teams better.  But when you dig deeper into those stats against what their team produced…oh man.

As if 37 goals weren’t impressive enough, that was one third of all the goals Clarkson scored or 33.3%.  Müller’s 27 were 18.1% of Northeastern’s 149 and Roque’s 26 were 16.3% of Wisconsin’s 160.  Giguère also notched over a fifth of her team’s points this season, 66 points of 301 for 21.9%.  Müller again was the second-most impressive at 66 of 405, or 16.3%, and Roque had 58 of 424, or 13.7%.

Giguère also took over a fifth of her team’s shots on goal.  Her 245 of 1,188 is 20.6% while Müller’s 207 of 1,369 is 15.1%, and Roque’s 131 of 1,436 was just 9.1%.

Unfortunately it is difficult to measure forwards (or anyone really) defensively, but let’s look at goals allowed.  Alina Müller leads the pack here for a Northeastern team that was one of the best defensive teams this season and was on the ice for 9 of her team’s 26 short-handed or even-strength goals allowed or 34.6%.  Right behind her was Giguère for a less defensively stout Clarkson team, on ice for 14 of 40 ES+SHG allowed or 35.0%.  Roque was on the ice for over half (26/50, 52.0%) of Wisconsin’s goals allowed of that nature.

Perhaps most impressive is how these three played in clutch situations.  Giguère had the goal or an assist on her team’s opening goal 27 times.  Now…Clarkson has played 37 games to date, and they didn’t score in two of them, so in 27 of 35 games, the Knight’s first goal was a Giguère tally or helper.  Müller and Roque were pretty close in this regard, adding a point on the opening tally 19 and 17 times respectively.

Giguère also tied the game or put Clarkson ahead a goal 40 times this season.  Granted some of this is because Clarkson played in a lot of close games, but even so, Müller came second at 31 goals when down 1 or tied, and 20 for Roque.

There were, in fact, 6 games this season where Giguère was the only Golden Knight to light the lamp.  Clarkson went 3-2-1 in those games.  Roque was the only one to have a game where only she scored and Wisconsin tied Ohio State there.

To Recap

Goals

  1. Giguère – 37
  2. Müller – 27
  3. Roque – 26

Goals as a percentage of team goals

  1. Giguère – 37/111, 33.3%
  2. Müller – 27/149, 18.1%
  3. Roque – 26/160, 16.3%

Points

  1. Giguère / Müller – 66
  2. Roque – 58

Points as a percentage of team points

  1. Giguère – 66/301, 21.9%
  2. Müller – 66/405, 16.3%
  3. Roque – 58/424, 13.7%

Shots

  1. Giguère – 245, 6.6 per game
  2. Müller – 207, 5.4 per game
  3. Roque – 131, 3.6 per game

Shots as a percentage of team shots

  1. Giguère – 245/1,188, 20.6%
  2. Müller – 207/1,369, 15.1%
  3. Roque – 131/1,436, 9.1%

Percentage of even-strength and short-handed goals against on ice for

  1. Müller – 9/26, 34.6%
  2. Giguère – 14/40, 35.0%
  3. Roque – 26/50, 52.0%

Scored or assisted team’s opening goal

  1. Giguère – 27 times
  2. Müller – 19
  3. Roque – 17

Scored or assisted on goal when team down 1 or tied

  1. Giguère – 40 times
  2. Müller – 31
  3. Roque – 20

Only player for team to score

  1. Giguère – 6 times (3-2-1 record)
  2. Roque – 1 (0-0-1)
  3. Müller – 0