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06-26-2014, 11:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Mint View Post
The problem with the eye test once again is that we're biased human beings. Klein's inadequate clearings, lack of defensive zone coverage and counteractive timing in terms of decision making is brushed aside as long he hits a guy or blocks a shot the next shift. Meanwhile Stralman can be virtually flawless all game long and make one mistake failing to tie up a guy in the slow and gets muscled in the process, he'll get labelled as a soft no-good Euro.
I don't think it's necessary to undermine the value of the "eye test" - yes, humans may be biased, but the brain is plenty capable of making a logical conclusion regarding a player's capabilities when one has seen said player in several hundred games. Now, that doesn't quite apply to Klein, but there is a reason NHL teams send scouts out to observe players. Stats aren't capable of picking up nuances that the human eye can.

People need to stop trying to pick sides, and instead use EVERY tool to their advantage - their own thoughts, and the numerous statistics available to them.

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