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11-17-2012, 05:16 AM
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Originally Posted by BudMovin View Post
Um, I didn't say height was the deciding factor. I merely refuted a claim that height doesn't matter for an NHL defensemen. It must be of some importance if 74% of NHL defensemen come from a group that represents 16% of the male population. Height is a good tiebreaker when the ability/skill is the same. If you are more normal in size, you have to be more exceptional in ability/skill to separate yourself from the pack. Hall Gill is a terrible skater with stone hands and mediocre at best vision, but he is really tall. Had a nice long career with the skills he had to work with. Can you name any short defenders with his skillset that had any sort of longevity?

Care to use any facts/stats that Whydidijoin used that back-up that height doesn't matter?

And just for the record (again). I don't think Reilly's height will effect him at all. When your skating is that good, it makes up for any of the length/reach that a lankier skater has.
If your conclusion is that height CAN be an advantage, then I agree with you and I don't understand how anyone couldn't agree with that. But the problem that I have with your statistical analysis is that you are assuming that since a certain height that came from 84% of the population represents 26% of hockey defencemen, and 76% of defencemen of taller height came from 16%, then thus height is an advantage. The problem I have with this is that you don't know the representive proportions of the population of each height that contributes to the total sample of defencemen. Hence you're making a large degree of commitment to your conclusion. Like I said, if your claim is that height CAN be an advantage for a defencemen, I don't see how anyone can refute that at all, it's common sense.

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