I have not gone over all the charts and numbers but the above articles come to some different conclusions about shot attempts (what many consider "possession") and winning. However, they both note a correlation with face offs, which makes sense, and little correlation between hitting and winning.
A faceoff is a potential weighted coin flip for possession. You win more of those, you have more actual possession. Shot attempts are shot attempts, not possession. A desperate team dumping can change and get a start in the offensive zone. A turnover by a d-man can lead to a quick wrister and an easy save with a split second of possession. By contrast a confident and good team can rag the puck behind their own net while the forwards change. No shot is generated, the shift start is in the d-zone, but the better team has the puck. On a stat sheet measuring zone starts and shots as possession they will completely lack that context.
Hits don't equal winning but they don't hurt. They're entertaining and when well-timed serve a purpose. Hitting finesse players to knock them off their game or jar the puck loose is going to make more of a difference than a couple of grinders just banging each other in a pissing match.
Very few stats, if any, clearly determine winning other than the obvious ability to score more goals than the other guy on a given night.
And you're not worried he's going to try the pull the same stunt here?
He probably won't need to. It seems like Trotz is going to do something about that already in putting together a "leadership group", which is probably captain by committee with Ovie still wearing the "C".
It's on capgeek and Lavoie reported it after that showed up.
He is the 7th goalie under contract. The projected ECHL goalies were Anderson and Copley, so we are in wait and see mode as to what they do. Vanecek is only 18yo so there are options. Korn had an opportunity to work a lot with Copley and Vanecek this week. My understanding is that Brandon Anderson was at Kettler at some point the week Vrana was here skating before development camp.
Given Vanecek was a second round pick that they traded up to select, it will be interesting to see what the plan is for this season. As we know, import goalies no longer allowed in the CHL; if they were, I’m sure the Caps would have made sure he was drafted in the recent import draft, but we know it wasn’t an option.
Perhaps they are parting ways with a goalie, if not, they already have six goalies with two slated for the ECHL, so who knows what the plan is.
Also, Pasquale had season-ending hip surgery last season (think in Feb.) Obviously, he's signed and expected to be the back-up in Hershey, but I haven't seen any news as to whether he's expected to be ready at season start. I assume he is, but don't know for certain.
For Vanecek, options are back to Europe somewhere, perhaps steered by Korn and the Caps, USHL given he's 18yo should be an option, or perhaps ECHL.
Last edited by sk84fun_dc: 07-13-2014 at 04:34 PM.