Philosophy of hockey Sabremetrics: Can hockey accurately be measured?
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07-30-2012, 08:20 AM
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Strongly disagree with the bolded. I believe your average hockey viewer does a poor job of evaluating defensive play in hockey. Fans will tend to notice the big mistakes, like a dman blowing his coverage and ending up in no mans land while an opposing player is left alone in the slot, or a bad pinch leading to a odd man rush. However, many won't be able to notice things like solid positioning, covering passing lanes, using his stick effectively and other subtleties of defence.
The Sedins are not bad defensively. They may seem like they are bad because they are average skaters and do not play aggressively, but they are almost always in position and definitely pull their weight defensively.
You've only addressed the average hockey viewer, probably watching the game on TV. What about experienced hockey viewers watching the game at the rink? They'll probably be able to give a pretty good evaluation of a player.
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