Thread: +/- Kessel
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01-21-2013, 01:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Epictetus View Post
While it's great to look at results, as that is all that matters, it is irrelevant when the results are tainted. In this case, with +\-, the results are exactly that: tainted.

The stat suffers the same fate as many other hockey stats: it is largely team-driven, so it is hard to quantify a player's contributions both offensively and defensively without considering a proponent's teammates.
Not to say it isn't but I have this theory that over the long-run, the stat becomes smoothed out or evened out by virtue of it being tainted in both directions roughly equally.

We've read some examples here of how players can be unfairly penalized with a minus and those are valid criticisms, but I think that it is almost nearly as likely a player to be unfairly rewarded with a plus due to various circumstances.

In other words, the ebb matches the flow.

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