The 10 Worst Shootout Options In The NHL

Jonathan Willis
October 14 2011 04:52PM

Last night, watching the negative reaction to Tom Renney’s selection of Shawn Horcoff for shootout duty, I was struck by how poorly a player’s shootout ability is reflected in his overall offensive totals (Horcoff has, when used, been one of the league’s best shootout options).

So I decided to look at who the worst shootout players in the game (min. 20 shots) have been, and it’s quite a list. Among the skaters on the list are numerous major award winners – guys who have led the league in total goals, total points, and been named the NHL’s most valuable player. The Canucks, Oilers and Maple Leafs are all represented. One of them even shows up on the highlight video above.  Like I said, it’s quite a list.

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Fantasy Hockey Bargains

Jonathan Willis
October 13 2011 03:50PM

The launch of a new hockey season also means the launch of a new fantasy hockey season. For those who like something a little more interactive than hockey pools, Yahoo! Fantasy Hockey is a popular and ever-growing option.

While most teams have already made tweaks, some will still be looking for a little help on the waiver wire or from the free agent pool – so today, we look at some of the best players still available for nothing in 50% or more of Yahoo! Leagues.

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Hockey Prospectus 11/12: The New Normal

Robert Cleave
October 13 2011 11:22AM

                 

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(Full disclosure: A few weeks ago, Timo Seppa asked me if I was interested in reviewing the latest iteration of Hockey Prospectus' annual for the Nations' audience. I accepted a free PDF copy of the book for review purposes, with no other compensation offered. I'm not trying to make myself out as particularly noble, though. Had Timo offered me a giant vat of cash in exchange, I'm fairly certain that I would have accepted it - RC)

When does the revolutionary assimilate into the mainstream? That's the question that I've been asking myself over the last few years as the statistical analysis movement occurring in hockey blogging circles has become increasingly accepted by the game's insider cohort. We've gotten a few signs this summer that the pace of acceptance is quickening, with Calgary's hiring of Chris Snow and the amusing series of deflections Doug WIlson felt compelled to resort to when he was interviewed by Fear the Fin amongst them.

That noted, most season previews still are infused by a sense of the traditional, so a book like Hockey Prospectus' 11/12 annual that grounds itself in the modern approach is operating in a space that remains somewhat uncluttered. This year's edition, nearly 500 pages in length, is HP's third attempt to create a season preview imbued with the modern sensibilites of the hockeysphere.

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More On PK Specialists

JP Nikota
October 13 2011 09:14AM

When I last wrote about this issue, fellow LeafsNation contributor The '67 Sound rightly pointed to two issues in the study: 1) Sample size is something of a problem, and 2) Corsi numbers would probably be more accurate, as the stat represents an increase in sample size in and of itself, since it's counting shots instead of goals. I'll admit it: I was getting lazy.

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Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting

Cam Charron
October 12 2011 02:29PM

I guess we should have known, when Ron Wilson and Paul MacLean respectively dressed Colton Orr and Zenon Konopka Saturday night, that there would be some fireworks and tension between the Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators.

And while there are still a lot of members of the hockey community who appreciate a good scrap—CBC's intro song for years has been Nickelback's rip-off of the classic Elton John tune that gave this post its title—it's left many of us on the other side questioning why these fights happen.

This Sens/Leafs game, which ended up with a 6-5 shootout had the majority of the scoring coming in a period where there wasn't even a scrap to give an adrenalin jolt to the game. There were two fights in this game, so it's probably well and good to analyze what exactly they accomplished in the grand scheme of the hockey game.

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