Plus-minus, 1959-1968

Bobby Hull, Gordie How and Stan Mikita … even better than we thought.

I wrapped up the hockey rankings at the end of 2017, which turned out to be really bad timing because that was right when the NHL released updated plus-minus statistics going back to the 1959-60 season.

It’s not a huge change, because plus-minus is a fairly small part of the defensive ratings, but there’s a few players affected, including some legendary stars who played in the early ’60s.

Defensemen aren’t affected, since I’m still posting them — they’ll go in with updated numbers.

Stan Mikita is the biggest beneficiary, gaining a quarter-point, which gets him above Peter Forsberg. Johnny Bucyk takes the biggest hit, losing 0.19 points and swapping spots with Dickie Moore.

Here is the full list:

Jean Béliveau: 26.42 to 26.53
Phil Esposito: 26.12 to 26.18
Stan Mikita: 24.52 to 24.77
Henri Richard: 21.94 to 22.11
Bobby Hull: 27.55 to 27.70
Frank Mahovlich: 23.52 to 23.62
Dickie Moore: 21.08 to 21.27
Johnny Bucyck: 21.21 to 21.03
Gordie Howe: 29.41 to 29.50
Maurice Richard: 25.97 to 26.00
Bernie Geoffrion: 23.35 to 23.39
Yvan Cournoyer: 21.03 to 21.01
Andy Bathgate: 20.36 to 20.31

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