A little perspective on the current star defenseman
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08-19-2012, 08:50 AM
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What does a defender's SV% on ice have to do with these forwards' SH%?
The argument as I understand it was that if a defender faces better competition, that competition has a better shooting percentage and equivalently the SV% on will be lower (thus, if SV% ON is high, despite high QoC, we could conclude that that defenseman is very good defensively).
I'm merely showing that that isn't true. Extremely often we find that the players who score the most goals do not in fact have the highest shooting percentages and equivalently do not generate the lowest SV% ONs. Luck plays a pretty huge role in shooting percentage and equivalently SV% ON. Are the guys I listed really the best scorers in the NHL (Right Column)? Or are these guys (Left Column)?
Left Column (top 30 goal scorers) are generally accepted to be better shooters than the Right Column (top 30 shooting percent), right?
What I'm saying is, shooting percentage is very erratic year-to-year in the short term, and so is save percentage. Just because a defenseman has a higher SV% ON and faces tough competition, doesn't really mean he's excellent defensively, he could just be benefiting from good luck, much like the guys in the Right Column.
This is kind of off topic to my OP though, but I'm happy to discuss it.
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