A thread for every player: Jamie McBain
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07-30-2012, 02:17 PM
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I'd never try to pass off the subjective plus-minus as statistically rigorous, but it's a pretty good distillation of each player's results in the end zones.
According to that metric, which is basically a hand-count of how many times he was
involved in the puck going in the net at even strength, McBain was offensively on a level similar to Pitkanen, and both were an exponential degree ahead of the rest of our defensemen.
More specifically, McBain materially helped put the puck in the net once per 74:04 of five-on-five. Pitkanen took only 62:40 to generate a "plus", so his total numbers would have looked a lot better if not for the injuries. Gleason took nearly twice as much time to generate a plus (not to mention his were front-loaded into the first half of the season), and Faulk was nowhere close, at nearly 170 minutes per-plus.
Even granting that a subjective measurement carries the risk of error (though I'd argue that this is a more accurate metric than any standard statistic), it says something when two guys are separated by a degree of 100%. McBain and Pitkanen were our clear-cut best offensive defensemen at even strength.
The defensive side is where McBain suffers a little. He only took 45:26 to generate a minus, and while that was still better than Joni's 38:34 and Harrison's 43:35, it compares unfavorably to Faulk (53:58), Allen (67.43) and Gleason (76:50).
Overall, McBain was a MUCH better offensive force than anyone other than Pitkanen (who wasn't around a lot of the season) and his defense while poor was still middle-of-the-road for our roster. His overall impact was respectable in comparison to guys who get a lot less flak from the fans.
Wow, that's extremely interesting. Thanks for that. That metric does sound pretty promising, because it keeps an accurate tally of the stuff that everyone notices, like "damn Corvo totally left the guy wide open in front of the net."
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