On-ice Shooting percentage - luck or skill?
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08-15-2012, 12:27 PM
Smith - Alfie
Join Date: Jul 2009
There are certainly examples of players having high shooting percentages but not being particularly skilled shooters.
Milan Lucic is a perfect example. One of four players to appear in the top-20 S% leaders (using NHL.com as reference) in both 10/11 and 11/12. That's not indicative of his shooting skills - rather, it's indicative of his style of play. He crashes the crease, and as a result is in a position where he rarely takes shots, but when he does it's in close and often with the goaltender out of position (be it due to a loose puck in the crease, a rebound, or a cross crease pass).
On the whole I'd say higher shooting percentages are generally indicative of better shooters, though. Your data seems to indicate just as much.
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