The Effect of Zone Starts on Offensive Production

Cam Charron
May 22 2012 05:05PM

(--NOTE-- This piece was written by Rob Pettapiece of The CIS Blog , known also for his work on players who claim to be in the the best shape of their lives  and he is also the man behind the significant discovery that Canadian teenagers age . Visit his more general sports blog here . Primarily a baseball guy, I often joke with Rob that he knew about Corsi and advanced hockey stats before he knew anything about hockey.)

We know that players with more offensive zone starts tend to have better offensive numbers. But are those players given these OZone starts because they are better offensively, or do they merely appear better offensively because they are given these zone starts? In other words, we know there's a correlation, but where is the causation, if any?

The Canucks' justification for trading Cody Hodgson suggests that you can inflate a player's statistics if you give him more offensive zone time, so at least one team (and many of its fans) believe that it's the zone starts that make the player, to some extent. But how can we figure out just how much a zone start is worth to a player's offensive numbers?

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson's Undervalued Season

Josh L.
May 22 2012 12:33PM

Source: Wikipedia Commons

Very few people are familiar with the Phoenix Coyotes. Even fewer could pick Oliver Ekman-Larsson out of a lineup. There are numerous reasons for this unfortunate scenario, and with the season he just had that should change quickly.

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2012 NHL Draft - Top 80 Forwards

Derek Zona
May 22 2012 10:23AM

Sebastian Collberg might be a top 10 pick
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The May version of the Consensus Top 100 is in and the top of the draft continues to be dominated by European forwards and Canadian defensemen. 

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Should The Devils Forfeit The Kovalchuk Pick?

Brent Morris
May 21 2012 04:19PM

He's been worth it.
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It was an unfortunate post-script to the summer-long Ilya Kovalchuk saga for Devils fans - they were happy that the thing was finally settled, Ilya had his 15-year contract, and it seemed to disinterested observers that the NHLPA had struck a blow for long-term contracts.

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Zach Parise: Excellent player, free agency contract risk

Eric T.
May 21 2012 01:01PM

There's no question that Zach Parise is an excellent player and will receive a lot of attention in free agency. Someone will sign him, and he will immediately make that team better.

But that improvement will come with a cost.

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