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07-31-2012, 08:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Iain Fyffe View Post
Are there any cases of overages? The two examples you provided are shortages, which are understandable. Either a team doesn't dress the maximum, or doesn't play players who are dressed. We only need to explain overages if there are any overages to explain.


Does this disagree with official NHL data? IIRC hockey-reference was first build out of the Total Hockey data set, and of course Total Hockey is "The Official Encyclopedia of the National Hockey League (tm)".

We are of course constrained by the information we have. Even the official stats are not 100% reliable (see Rick Tocchet having two assists added to his record years later). The only illusion of accuracy that exists is the one that one lets oneself believe.
Actually shortages could provide very important data. Baseball has data about the number of games a player spends on a team's game roster. Similar data about the NHL players would allow for a better understanding of a player's role and value to a team, coaching decisions and philosophies about how game roster players are used. Example knowing that a goon was dressed for multiple games but stepped on the ice for only one provides a better picture of his actual hockey value or ability to do anything else.

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