Reference library: Player usage

Eric T.
November 01 2012 08:08AM

This article is part of the NHL Numbers reference library, which seeks to collect articles from around the web that have contributed to our understanding of the game.

This page is devoted to articles that touch on player usage. This will include zone start adjustments, quality of competition metrics, teammate analysis, and other factors that might impact a player's results.

We need your help to keep the library complete and up to date -- contact me on Twitter (@BSH_EricT) or via email (bsh.erict -at- gmail) with suggestions of articles you think we should consider adding.

Return to the library main index.

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Stats article reference library main page

Eric T.
November 01 2012 08:07AM


Over the last five or six years, statistical analysis of hockey has taken big steps forward. The number of writers and sites contributing to our understanding has grown substantially, which is great. But the downside is that the work is scattered all over the web, and just finding it all can be a major challenge.

At NHL Numbers, we are going to maintain a reference library of articles that have advanced our understanding of the game in some small way.

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Number Chains - October 31, 2012 Links

Josh L.
October 31 2012 11:32AM

This new, regular feature on NHLNumbers will share interesting stats-related posts from around the web almost every day.

Welcome to edition number five of the rebooted Number Chains. In this space you will be able to find the best analytical hockey writing from around the internet on a close-to-daily basis. Subject matter will include statistical evaluation, financial analysis, contractual issues, and (sometimes) closely-related tangential works. If you have something you would like to submit for a future edition (your writing or that of someone else) feel free to send it to me via Twitter @JoshL1220 or leave a comment.

Happy Halloween. Our semi-daily look at analytical hockey writing begins with a week old piece from draglikepull at Pension Plan Puppets. The post analyzes the negotiating tactics of Gary Bettman in his negotiations with the CBC during the last Hockey Night In Canada negotiations and compares the situation to that of the current lockout. His ultimate conclusion is somewhat comforting, if not frustrating:

This is how Bettman negotiates: he always acts like he's prepared to walk away right until the final possible moment. Even if he knows he's prepared to make concessions he fights to gain more anyway because it's always worth the shot that the other side will cave. But in the HNIC negotiations with the CBC, Bettman came down on the asking price of the deal and gave in on most of the tertiary considerations. And that's a lot like what the NHL's CBA negotiations are looking like right now too. I think there will be a deal in place before November is done. We'll likely have NHL hockey by December.

 The last part seems questionable at this point, but the meat of the article gives enlightening perspective to this entire charade. More lockout news, statistical analysis, and laughing at Houston after the jump.

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You Can't Buy Talent, Except Sometimes You Can: The Best Free Agent Values Between 2005 And 2012

Brent Morris
October 31 2012 07:17AM



In July of 2005, the NHL and NHLPA put aside their differences to sign a collective bargaining agreement which would no doubt stand for all time.  With that eternal and faultless document came a salary cap, which was to be set at $39 million for the 2005-06 season and would move for subsequent seasons in concert with league revenues.  Coming along with the cap was a decreased age for free agency - it was set at 31 for 2005, but would decrease over time to cover all 27 year old players and players who'd accrued 7 NHL seasons.  

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NHLE Scoring Leaderboard 10/30

Josh L.
October 30 2012 03:24PM

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The international scoring race is something to behold. The scoreboards are filling up internationally, and thanks to the work of Gabe Desjardins we can compare the scoring rates across leagues. Using Gabe's NHL equivalencies I've put together the top scorers in all of the hockey world. All Major Junior, AHL, KHL, SEL, DEL, SMLIGA, and Swiss league scorers are considered. The NCAA wasn't included this time due to how few games they've played, but if the lockout drags on they'll be included in the near future.

The current world leading scorer is, you guessed it, Martin Ruzicka. Ok, maybe you didn't guess it. The full top 50 is after the jump.

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