The Cup, Names, Petitions, since the lock-out [CHART FUN]

[I wrote a more exhaustive post on this topic in 2013, The History of Cup-Winning Teams and Their Petitions, which covers the criteria for inclusion over the years, and how teams have chosen to petition -- or not -- the league on behalf of players who don't qualify.]

Yesterday, we learned that the Kings did not petition to have Andrei Loktionov’s name engraved on the Stanley Cup. How unusual is that? I decided to find out.

As I said I would in my last post on Loktigate, I went back and looked at the rosters of past Cup-winning teams, to see which players that did not play the minimum 41 regular season games or one finals game were (a) petitioned to the league for inclusion, and (b) approved by the league. So far I’ve only gone back as far as the 2005 lock-out.

We’ll start with this:

Since 2006, only eight players who played at least one playoff game did not meet the NHL criteria for inclusion. That is, eight players played at least one post-season game, played on cup-winning teams, and did not qualify to have their names on the cup according to the NHL’s criteria.

Teams petitioned the league on behalf of seven of those players. Guess who the single omission was?

That’s right. It’s Andrei Loktionov.

PLAYER TEAM YEAR RS P PET CUP
Josef Vasicek Canes 2006 23 8 yes yes
George Parros Ducks 2007 32 5 yes yes
Mark Hartigan Wings 2008 23 4 yes no
Bryan Bickell Hawks 2010 16 4 yes no
Shane Hnidy Bruins 2011 3 3 yes no
Andrei Loktionov Kings 2012 39 2 no no
Mark Hartigan Ducks 2007 7 1 yes no
Aaron Rome Ducks 2007 1 1 yes no

RS is regular season games-played. P is playoff games. PET is whether or not the team petitioned the league. CUP is whether or not the league said yes.

The league said yes in two cases and no in five. Strangely, in 40% of the cases in which the league said no, the player was Mark Hartigan (but that’s just weird, not the point of this post). Three of the petitions were for players who played (total of regular season and playoffs)  8, 6 and 2 games, respectively. We’ll call those “long-shots.” The remaining two rejections were for players who played a total of 27 and 20 games, respectively. Not even close to the contribution of Loktionov, who played 41 games.

In fact, no one on this list played more games than Loktionov. But now, let’s expand the list to include all the players that teams petitioned, all the players the teams wanted to include despite not meeting the NHL criteria. I have also included Loktionov, for comparison. The chart is sorted by games-played.

Fifteen players were petitioned. The league approved nine, rejected six.

PLAYER TEAM YEAR RS P PET CUP
Andrei Loktionov Kings 2012 39 2 no no
Steven Kampfer Bruins 2011 38 0 yes no
Andrew Hutchinson Canes 2006 36 0 yes yes
George Parros Ducks 2007 32 5 yes yes
Derek Meech Wings 2008 32 0 yes yes
Kevin Westgarth Kings 2012 25 0 yes yes
Marc Savard Bruins 2011 25 0 yes yes
Josef Vasicek Canes 2006 23 8 yes yes
Mark Hartigan Wings 2008 23 4 yes no
Mike Zigomanis Pens 2009 22 0 yes yes
Anton Babchuk Canes 2006 22 0 yes yes
Bryan Bickell Hawks 2010 16 4 yes no
Davis Drewiske Kings 2012 9 0 yes yes
Mark Hartigan Ducks 2007 7 1 yes no
Shane Hnidy Bruins 2011 3 3 yes no
Aaron Rome Ducks 2007 1 1 yes no

Now, how about we look at the players teams chose not to petition for inclusion? These are players who played at least one game for a cup-winning team, did not qualify to get their names on the cup according to the NHL criteria, and were not petitioned.

There are 39 names on this list. All but 13 played fewer than 10 games. Only six players played more than 20 games, including Loktionov. None of the players played in a single playoff game, except of course Loktionov. And none of the players played more games than Loktionov.

It appears that it is standard practice for teams to petition on behalf of players who played in at least one playoff game. I would have to go digging through teams’ playoff rosters, but I’m pretty sure Loktionov is the only player on this list who was actually on the team’s active roster during the finals (excluding Black Aces, if you don’t mind).

PLAYER TEAM YEAR RS P PET CUP
Andrei Loktionov Kings 2012 39 2 no no
Ethan Moreau Kings 2012 38 0 no no
Trent Hunter Kings 2012 28 0 no no
Jordan Caron Bruins 2011 23 0 no no
Chris Minard Pens 2009 20 0 no no
Dany Sabourin Pens 2009 19 0 no no
Bill Thomas Pens 2009 16 0 no no
Tim Wallace Pens 2009 16 0 no no
Paul Bissonnette Pens 2009 15 0 no no
Tim Brent Ducks 2007 15 0 no no
Dustin Jeffrey Pens 2009 14 0 no no
Todd Fedoruk Ducks 2007 10 0 no no
Scott Parse Kings 2012 9 0 no no
Kim Johnsson Hawks 2010 8 0 no no
Jeff Taffe Pens 2009 8 0 no no
Jonathan Ericsson Wings 2008 8 0 no no
Janne Pesonen Pens 2009 7 0 no no
Keith Aucoin Canes 2006 7 0 no no
Matt Bartkowski Bruins 2011 6 0 no no
Jack Skille Hawks 2010 6 0 no no
Kyle Quincey Wings 2008 6 0 no no
Luca Caputi Pens 2009 5 0 no no
Jim Howard Wings 2008 4 0 no no
Mike Wall Ducks 2007 4 0 no no
Zach Hamill Bruins 2011 3 0 no no
Jake Dowell Hawks 2010 3 0 no no
John Curry Pens 2009 3 0 no no
Bjorn Melin Ducks 2007 3 0 no no
Ryan Stone Pens 2009 2 0 no no
Ben Lovejoy Pens 2009 2 0 no no
Garrett Stafford Wings 2008 2 0 no no
Justin Abdelkader Wings 2008 2 0 no no
Mattias Ritola Wings 2008 2 0 no no
Jamie Arniel Bruins 2011 1 0 no no
Radek Smolenak Hawks 2010 1 0 no no
Connor James Pens 2009 1 0 no no
Ian Moran Ducks 2007 1 0 no no
Sebastien Caron Ducks 2007 1 0 no no
David Gove Canes 2006 1 0 no no

In this next chart, we look at every player on a cup-winning team who played 20 games or fewer (and no finals games). You will notice that all of the petitioned players played in at least one playoff game, except one. Davis Drewiske. Except in that one case, it appears it is standard procedure not to petition on behalf of players who have played 20 or fewer games and have not played in any playoff games.

PLAYER TEAM YEAR RS P PET CUP
Chris Minard Pens 2009 20 0 no no
Dany Sabourin Pens 2009 19 0 no no
Bryan Bickell Hawks 2010 16 4 yes no
Bill Thomas Pens 2009 16 0 no no
Tim Wallace Pens 2009 16 0 no no
Paul Bissonnette Pens 2009 15 0 no no
Tim Brent Ducks 2007 15 0 no no
Dustin Jeffrey Pens 2009 14 0 no no
Todd Fedoruk Ducks 2007 10 0 no no
Davis Drewiske Kings 2012 9 0 yes yes
Scott Parse Kings 2012 9 0 no no
Kim Johnsson Hawks 2010 8 0 no no
Jeff Taffe Pens 2009 8 0 no no
Jonathan Ericsson Wings 2008 8 0 no no
Mark Hartigan Ducks 2007 7 1 yes no
Janne Pesonen Pens 2009 7 0 no no
Keith Aucoin Canes 2006 7 0 no no
Matt Bartkowski Bruins 2011 6 0 no no
Jack Skille Hawks 2010 6 0 no no
Kyle Quincey Wings 2008 6 0 no no
Luca Caputi Pens 2009 5 0 no no
Jim Howard Wings 2008 4 0 no no
Mike Wall Ducks 2007 4 0 no no
Shane Hnidy Bruins 2011 3 3 yes no
Zach Hamill Bruins 2011 3 0 no no
Jake Dowell Hawks 2010 3 0 no no
John Curry Pens 2009 3 0 no no
Bjorn Melin Ducks 2007 3 0 no no
Ryan Stone Pens 2009 2 0 no no
Ben Lovejoy Pens 2009 2 0 no no
Garrett Stafford Wings 2008 2 0 no no
Justin Abdelkader Wings 2008 2 0 no no
Mattias Ritola Wings 2008 2 0 no no
Aaron Rome Ducks 2007 1 1 yes no
Jamie Arniel Bruins 2011 1 0 no no
Radek Smolenak Hawks 2010 1 0 no no
Connor James Pens 2009 1 0 no no
Ian Moran Ducks 2007 1 0 no no
Sebastien Caron Ducks 2007 1 0 no no
David Gove Canes 2006 1 0 no no

Finally, here are the nine players since the lock-out who didn’t meet the NHL criteria but got their names on the cup. Notice that Drewiske has played the fewest games by a mile.

PLAYER TEAM YEAR RS P PET CUP
Andrew Hutchinson Canes 2006 36 0 yes yes
George Parros Ducks 2007 32 5 yes yes
Derek Meech Wings 2008 32 0 yes yes
Kevin Westgarth Kings 2012 25 0 yes yes
Marc Savard Bruins 2011 25 0 yes yes
Josef Vasicek Canes 2006 23 8 yes yes
Mike Zigomanis Pens 2009 22 0 yes yes
Anton Babchuk Canes 2006 22 0 yes yes
Davis Drewiske Kings 2012 9 0 yes yes

In conclusion:

  • If you play in at least one playoff game, your team will petition to get your name on the cup. This has happened in every instance since the lock-out. Except one: Andrei Loktionov.
  • Even if you only played a handful of games total, if you played in one playoff game, your team goes to bat for you. Except if you’re Andrei Loktionov.
  • If you played fewer than 20 games, and you didn’t play in the playoffs at all, your chances of getting your name on the cup are exactly zero. Unless you’re Davis Drewiske.
  • Davis Drewiske must be a really popular and supportive teammate.
  • There are zero instances of teams passing over players who have played more games in favor of players who have played fewer, except in a handful of instances in which the player who has played MORE games didn’t play in the playoffs, while the player who had played FEWER games did appear in the playoffs. I say “zero instances,” but of course I mean except for the case of Loktionov and Drewiske. 
 

  11 comments for “The Cup, Names, Petitions, since the lock-out [CHART FUN]

  1. Kings of Hockeywood
    September 30, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Why did the NHL even approve Drewiske?

    • September 30, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      It’s absurd, actually.

    • USHA#17
      October 1, 2012 at 6:27 PM

      Good Question.

      • Verno
        October 2, 2012 at 12:30 AM

        The NHL also seems to have no consistency on who they accept and who they reject. It appears that they just flip a coin on most of them.

        Derek Meech
        Wings
        2008
        32
        0
        yes
        yesMark Hartigan
        Wings
        2008
        23
        4
        yes
        no

        Obviously there is some favoritism going on.

        What a sham, seriously.

  2. Phil
    October 1, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    I hate this. I hate this so much, and I wish we as fans could let Lombardi et al. know how much we hate it. After all the stories about Lokti eating alone, riding the bus alone, and generally getting the shaft from the Kings, I almost want him to flip the organization the bird and go somewhere where he’ll be appreciated. I can’t believe the Kings would be so stupid with such a young, talented prospect.

  3. jewelsfromthecrown
    October 2, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Ooooooogh, this makes me so mad.

    Great research.

  4. Business Time
    October 3, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    I am thoroughly impressed with the research that went into this article. However, in light of the fact that the trending seems so arbitrary based on this data, is it possible that something else is being overlooked. Maybe if you included seasons played, age, and contract structure, all of this would make a little more sense.
    That being said, I still think Loktionov should be on the Cup and is way more deserving than Drewiske and several non-players who were included ahead of him.

    • October 3, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      Nationality?

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