Thread: Line Combos: flames depth analysis
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11-02-2010, 03:26 PM
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Okay, I'm not going to say that Calgary is a championship calibre team, but this analysis is overly simplistic, makes too many assumptions, and completely ignores defensive ability. Not too mention it was done without taking a good look at our current lines (Langkow and Kotalik are injured, Backlund and Jackman exist).

You're not looking at who's playing with who (chemistry) and considering that impact on points. For example, Tanguay is not a 55 point player with Iginla. Subsequently, Stajan is more than a 55 point player with the two of them.

We haven't had trouble scoring this year at all, it's been defense that has been the problem (I'm talkign team defense, not defensmen necessarily). Of course Iginla isn't producing very well, but that's been made up for by excellent secondary scoring for now. If this team had been playing even a bit closer to it's potential defensively so far this year we'd have 4-6 more points than we do right now... how does this system take that into account? It doesn't seem to.

This is a fine, helpful system for the off season when you're building your team and trying to figure out what the missing pieces are, but in terms of mid-season evaluation and analysis, it's quite useless. Look at the Devils: Kovalchuk, Parise, Langenbrunner, Zajac, Arnott, freaking Martin Broduer... what's that doing for them? Doesn't take into account the whole situation. Just a poor way to analyze a team in general.

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