When you look at most hockey blogs you are bombarded with words like corsi, offencive zone starts, fenwick and PDO and no it’s not a foreign language, technically. What are these strange words you may ask? Well, quite simply these words are different forms of advanced hockey stats used to evaluate players and teams.
At some point in time, someone decided that the normal stats weren’t doing a good enough job evaluating a players value to their team
and decided more in-depth stats were needed. Here’s a look at the Buffalo Sabres advanced stats this season. Scroll down and take a look at the corse for and fenwick for, those are two of the most basic advanced stats and relate to all the pucks a player sends towards the net.
Who is leading the Buffalo Sabres in corse for? Drew Stafford, yet he has just 2 goals and is a -8 this season. Where as Cody Hodgson, the Sabres leading scorer sits 3rd in Corsi. Guess who invented Corsi- none other than Buffalo Sabres goaltending coach Jim Corsi!
Another stat which can be useful is the penalties drawn and penalties taken. Steve Ott has taken 15 penalties but leads the team having drawn 16 penalties. Where as Tyler Myers has taken 18 penalties but only drawn 10.
Amongst players who have played at least 10 games this season, Mike Weber leads the Sabres with offencive zone starts. That means Weber starts the majority of his shifts in the oppositions zone as opposed to his defencive zone.
Anyways, click the link and check out the Buffalo Sabres stats for yourself and determine who the most valuable Sabres players are. If you’re looking for an introduction to advanced hockey stats check out this site which breaks it down for y’all. While advanced hockey stats are big for blogs, most main stream media and most NHL clubs don’t put much stock into the advanced stats.
While you can pull out a lot of interesting facts and make some interesting conclusion’s, I’m not a huge fan of advanced stats. I prefer the stats of goals, points and wins. What does it matter if you have one of the best corsi rates and you miss the playoffs?
But enough about my preferences, how do you feel about advanced hockey stats? Do you look at them? Do you value them? Vote in the poll and then tell us in the comments which stats you most prefer!
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