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08-16-2012, 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
I didnt see anyone in this thread who misunderstood that. The point of my post was to show how guys like Gretzky, Lemieux, and Dionne drive up the shootin percentages of players they play with.

And yeah, Shultz definitely "got lucky" by sharing a lot of ice time with Mike Green and Alex Ovechkin
Of course, that's not just about their ability to get pucks to the net for their teammates to bury; they drive up the on-ice S% through the chances they buried themselves, also (obviously). Somewhere along the line someone has to get some credit for getting them the puck in those situations, too.

So year-to-year trends are going to show how "luck" has affected them (through linemates, matchups, team, role, whatever), but if you look at multiple year stretches, players who appear near the top should be considered "skilled" - even if they are "leaching" off of "top" players over that period. Schultz though...

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