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06-11-2013, 05:05 PM
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My guess is that Datsyuk's good performance here is a combination of:

-- Great offense
-- Great defense
-- Lots of ice time
-- Lots of different linemates

I think what's really going on in their analysis is that Datsyuk is the player who is least able to have his performance explained by his team. Even as they increase their model's prior probability of assuming a player's performance is due to his team, Datsyuk consistently contributes to goals for his own team and keeps pucks out of his net. The fact that he gets a lot of ice time and plays with a lot of different linemates keeps his data from being sparse, which means that their model is less able to explain away his individual contributions.

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