A little perspective on the current star defenseman
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08-21-2012, 12:53 PM
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Originally Posted by
IE Alex Goligoski
Pure offensive defenseman that has had generally good corsi and +- results his entire career. Also has been near the bottom of his team (DAL and PIT) in SV% ON for almost every year he's played. Why? He is a very small defenseman that while very talented with the puck, has trouble limiting shots in the high percentage areas due to his lack of size. He cannot clear the crease of screening forwards or prevent shots in the crease.
He generally plays somewhat sheltered minutes and gets favorable zone starts to minimize his exposure to his weakness. If you don't look at SV% ON you'd never find this flaw in his game. Zone starts and qual comp would indicate something is different with him but not give you the smoking gun that SV% ON does.
If this is true, this just highlights why a shot quality adjusted corsi would be the next logical step.
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