Yearly Archives: 2015

Sbisa, the Sens, and the Scramble: Evaluating Defensive Play Following a Shot Attempt

This post originally appeared on Hockey Graphs. Luca Sbisa may be one of the players who best epitomizes the divide between the old-school, eye test view on hockey and the statistics-focussed analysts offering their opinions from their mother’s basements on fan

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Posted in Defence

How can we measure a goalie’s rebound control? Examining Pekka Rinne and James Reimer.

This post originally appeared on Hockey Graphs. Pekka Rinne is good at controlling his rebounds. I know this, because people on the internet have made their opinions abundantly clear. Scouts and fanalysts alike credit Rinne’s quick glove hand with helping

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Posted in Goaltending

A New Way To Measure Deployment – Expected Faceoff Goal Differential

This article originally appeared on Hockey Graphs. Zone starts are not that great of a metric. Although certain players do tend to be put out almost exclusively for offensive or defensive purposes, the reality is that for most players’ zone starts have

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Posted in Deployment, Theoretical

Why teams should use 4 forwards on the powerplay

A few days ago, James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail brought up one of the first significant shifts in tactics under the Mike Babcock regime in Toronto. Parenteau playing as fourth forward on Leafs PP and scores. New look

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Posted in Powerplay, Special Teams

Historical Player Projections – Available Now at Dobber Hockey

Over the last few years, Hockey Analytics pioneer Rob Vollman has been putting out a book of scoring projections using historically comparable players to calculate a player’s best case/worst case/average scoring totals. His method is really interesting and yields a lot of great

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Posted in Fantasy Hockey, Predictions

Examining The Drivers of Score Effects I: Shooting and Save Percentage

Score effects – they’re real, and they’re spectacular. And while the idea and impact of score effects are generally understood by most in the hockey analytics community, they can often be a difficult subject to introduce to newcomers to the

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Posted in Score Effects

Predicting Free Agent Salaries

With the NHL draft behind us, attention across the hockey world has turned to July 1st, when unrestricted free agents will be free to sign with the team that will give them the best shot at winning a cup the

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Posted in Free Agency, Predictions