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03-21-2013, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Sturminator View Post
Ehhh...his insights into what is happening on a global level are good, but his attempt to put it all into a chances caused/created statistics is...questionable. His system is completely opaque, so I can't call it brutal because he doesn't share the data that led him to one conclusion or the other, but I think it is of essentially zero value. Didn't we already know that Esposito was the best forward in the series, and Park the best defenseman?
It seems like even he doesn't fully buy the value of the statistic, as he picks Serge Savard as one of the five candidates for MVP, seemingly because of his puck ragging, rather than Bill White who looks better by the statistic. And i think that's fair - Serge Savard's calming presence on the ice at the Summit Series is pretty well known.

I don't think his system is opaque or anything though - it looks like it's just him studying the game tape and deciding when a player made a play that led to a scoring chance for or against, and then keeping tabs.

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