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11-30-2012, 12:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Czech Your Math View Post
It's using the same or very similar methodology as these estimates:

Adjusted Even-Strength Plus-Minus
It'd be useful to see Crosby's '10-'11 numbers and those of each of the players who had better seasons according to this metric, and how they fared relative to their next-best teammate.

I don't mean to send you on a statistical goose-chase, I just have very little practical knowledge of this sort of thing.

It's about as reliable of a "comprehensive" stat as there is, at least for even strength play. It's not perfect, and it's reliability decreases as the sample size of game decreases, but it gives a good idea of the general effectiveness of a player at even strength. There are other factors which can influence it and these would have to be considered more subjectively.
That's why it's beneficial to incorporate other stats into the conversation, I'd say. Especially when they add value and context, such as faceoffs and zone starts.

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