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Making advanced stats simple, practical, and fun for hockey fans
Advanced stats give hockey’s powerbrokers an edge, and now fans can get in on the action. Stat Shot is a fun and informative guide hockey fans can use to understand and enjoy what analytics says about team building, a player’s junior numbers, measuring faceoff success, recording save percentage, the most one-sided trades in history, and everything you ever wanted to know about shot-based metrics. Acting as an invaluable supplement to traditional analysis, Stat Shot can be used to test the validity of conventional wisdom, and to gain insight into what teams are doing behind the scenes or maybe what they should be doing.
Whether looking for a reference for leading-edge research and hard-to-find statistical data, or for passionate and engaging storytelling, Stat Shot belongs on every serious hockey fan’s bookshelf.
Best known for Player Usage Charts and his record-breaking ESPN Insider contributions, Rob Vollman was first published in the fall 2001 issue of the Hockey Research Journal and has since co-authored 10 books in the Hockey Abstract, Hockey Prospectus, and McKeen’s magazine series. He writes for NHL.com, and lives in Calgary, Alberta.
Table of Contents
Foreword Introduction What’s the Best Way to Build a Team? What Do a Player’s Junior Numbers Tell Us? Who Is the Best Faceoff Specialist? Who Is the Best Shot-Blocker? Who Is the Best Hitter? Who Is the Best Puck Stopper? Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Shot-Based Metrics (But Were Afraid to Ask) What Was the Most One-Sided Trade of All Time? Questions and Answers Conclusion Glossary About the Authors