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10-13-2010, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Jester View Post
Would you prefer Stamkos to Ovechkin? What about when Carter had 46 goals? The year before Carter had 116 missed shots and 46 goals.

Ovechkin had 220 missed shots when he scored 56 goals. The next closes was Eric Staal... with 137.

So, Ovechkin had 104 more missed shots than Carter two years ago, for 10 more goals. Based on what you just said, you would prefer having Jeff Carter to Ovechkin two years ago.

Using missed shots as a point of criticism is a massive red herring... and complaints about just hitting the net more are terribly, terribly overrated.

The year before that, Ovechkin had 199 missed shots... for 65 goals.

The more important stat is shooting percentage and here is your proof:

Ovechkin 2007-2008

Goals - 65
Shots - 446
Shooting % - 14.57

Ovechkin 2008-2009

Goals - 56
Shots - 528
Shooting % - 10.61


Carter 2008-2009

Goals - 46
Shots - 342
Shooting % - 13.45

Carter 2009-2010

Goals - 33
Shots - 319
Shooting % - 10.34


While you could argue that taking more accurate shots leads you to missing the net more often, you can see that OV scored 9 more goals due to his higher percentage of shooting. It's not necessarily because of him missing the net. All 65 of his goals were shots on net as opposed to all the shots he missed. Also, if you take more shots then by nature you are going to miss the net more. Both players scored the most goals of their careers when the highest percentage of their shots went in the net, therefore making their shots on net. So to me, being more accurate means getting more of your shots on net.

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