Measuring Possession in the American Hockey League

Josh W
November 15 2013 07:34AM

Possession is a performance metric that has been well tracked, documented and analyzed by those in the hockey analytics community. The simple premise is if you have the puck more, you are more likely to score and less likely to be scored against.  Strong possession teams have shown to consistently do well over the long term. While the NHL has a plethora of data, other hockey leagues barely track a small percentage of what the NHL makes available. 

Read on to see my attempt at a proxy for possession in the American Hockey League...

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P.K. Subban's defensive game, and Team Canada

Cam Charron
November 14 2013 11:20AM

TSN flashed its projection for the Canadian Olympic roster last night, and while there are players to complain about, as always, when you're stacking 30 capable players onto a 23-man roster, there's going to be disagreement. You can quibble with Patrice Bergeron being off the team in favour of Jeff Carter, quibble with Martin St. Louis not making the cut, or quibble with the logic that Chris Kunitz is the only left winger in the world that plays well next to Sidney Crosby.

But the defence is where I have the biggest issue. Currently, TSN has P.K. Subban, the reigning Norris Trophy winner, on the team's "fifth pairing", effectively as a bubble player. Why?

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Can Size Get You an NHLer?

Justin Azevedo
November 05 2013 07:55AM

Via Sean Mort

You always hear about how size is an asset in the game. But do players with size actually have demonstrably better careers than their counterparts?

With the help of reader Byron Bader (who compiled the raw numbers and provided some analysis), we're going to take a look and see if that's the case or not.

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Just How Bad are the Buffalo Sabres?

Travis Yost
November 04 2013 02:12PM

 

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The 2007-2008 Atlanta Thrashers are generally regarded as the worst team to play in the Behind the Net era. Their possession numbers / scoring-chance differentials were ghastly, and even the most inferior teams since then have failed to match Atlanta's abortive brand of hockey.

But this year, a significantly more formidable challenger to the throne of possession-dominated has emerged ...

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A Graphic Guide To Advanced Hockey Stats

Graphic Comments
October 10 2013 01:20PM

I WATCH THE GAMES!!!!1

If you're a regular reader here at Canucks Army, you are likely familiar with most of the new stats that we use to analyze players and games. Sure, everyone likes a good story, but good stories don't win you the Cup. Not cinderella stories, not chronicles of heroism, and certainly not a tale of destiny. Sigh.

No, what wins you the Cup is good old fashioned luck.

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