NHL Twitter Mailbag: What Is Hockey’s Most Overrated Statistic?

July 29th, 2016 by Adrian Dater Leave a reply »

The only ice most people care about probably this week is in their summer drinks, but that will not stop us from doing another NHL Twitter Mailbag.

The questions keep coming in, and we live to serve here in this here section of the Interweb, so let's get on with it.



Oh goodie, a chance to tee off on analytics! First off, get off my lawn. Second, you can take your Corsi and. ... No, actually I'm not an anti-analytics guy. Do I think some of the new breed of stats are a bit tedious and borderline silly? Yeah. But overall, I'm a guy who believes the more information, the better. 

Generally, I like all the possession stats, things like Corsi percentage and Fenwick, and I like the new iteration of stats that show where shots came from and how often certain players shoot from certain spots and the percentage of closer-in shots some goalies face than others.

If I have to name one overrated stat here, though, I'm going to go with "giveaways." How can it ever be good for a player to have a high number of giveaways or for their occurring at all to be consid ...

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