Can someone explain in plain English what the hell this stat is, why it was created and who the hell cares about it???
Say what?!Goals created; calculated by adding goals scored to 0.5 times assists, then multiplying by team goals divided by team goals plus 0.5 times team assists.
For example in 2006-07, Sidney Crosby had 36 goals and 84 assists. The Penguins as a team had 267 goals and 468 assists. Thus Crosby is credited with (36 + 0.5 * 84) * (267 / (267 + 0.5 * 468)) = 41.57 goals created.
Note that the sum of player goals created is equal to the sum of player goals scored for all teams.