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03-13-2013, 12:15 PM
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"We had a player that was supposed to be a great, shut-down defenseman. He was supposedly the be-all, end-all of defensemen. But when you did a 10-game analysis of him, you found out he was defending all the time because he can't move the puck.
Then we had another guy, who supposedly couldn't defend a lick. Well, he was defending only 20 percent of the time because he's making good plays out of our end. He may not be the strongest defender, but he's only doing it 20 percent of the time. So the equation works out better the other way. I ended up trading the other defenseman."
I stubbornly claim that puck retrieval is a more valuable defenseman skill than hitting is.
This is an awesome article. I've never really liked using advanced stats to measure players, but it's hard to argue against Tippett's results.
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