Stats: Why we do what we do

Garret Hohl
March 04 2015 08:58AM

You are not a coach, scout, or general manager. Watch the game. 

The numbers are imperfect and do not cover all aspects of the game. Statistics are not everything. The game isn't played on the spreadsheet. Statistics only tell you what happened. Do you think you are smarter then the coach, general manager, or scouts?

Why does the coach choose player A over player B? Why is player utilization often not evidence driven? Why are players with better results sometimes not used more than some players with worse? Why does hockey management tend to gravitate towards certain type of players?

Why does this conflict exist between the eye-test and statistics?

Let's take a look.

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Future NHEhlers - March 3rd, 2015

Josh W
March 03 2015 11:17AM

Welcome back to another edition of Future NHEhlers, where we review all the latest in news and play for the Winnipeg Jets (non-AHL) prospects. We dig into all the game reports from the CHL, NCAA, and Europe to let you know how all of your future favourites are progressing.

Without further ado, let's move to the numbers!

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Why weaker penalty kill performers are still sometimes worth using

Garret Hohl
March 03 2015 07:00AM

Recently we discussed one area where Jim Slater is a bit overrated, face offs. It is not Slater's fault, but the impact of a face off win is not that large.

There is one area though that Slater may potentially provide value and that is on the penalty kill.

Let's take a look.

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Why the Winnipeg Jets should move Jim Slater despite his faceoff acumen

Garret Hohl
March 02 2015 09:00AM

During the Winnipeg Jets game against the Los Angeles Kings, Gary Lawless discussed the possibility of certain moves the Jets could potentially make before the deadline.

Lawless mentioned that the Jets were likely done buying rentals, but are still open to "hockey trades" in moving a depth player in exchange for another. One name that came up was Jim Slater.

As a good face off performer, many consider Slater a valuable piece.

Here is why he is not.

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By the Numbers: Lee Stempniak

Garret Hohl
March 02 2015 08:00AM

Kevin Cheveldayoff has taken another step into shoring up the Winnipeg Jets NHL forward depth. Lee Stempniak was traded for AHL winger Carl Klingberg.

The 34 year-old is an expiring UFA and adds to the Jets right wing depth, but also has experience as a centre in case of emergencies.

Other than added depth, what does Stempniak bring to the table?

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