Saturday, May 02, 2009

Ron Smith on Scoring Chances

Every once in a while I stumble upon a hockey article that is terrific, too good to quote, because everything is interesting.

This article on Ron Smith is an example of that. Former assistant to both Neilson and Keenan, current Hurricanes scout, and a man who has been tracking NHL scoring chances since 1980, this is a bright and articulate man. Just terrific stuff.

4 Comments:

Blogger Jonathan Willis said...

"What we really need are more poor defencemen and some lousy goalies!"

Brilliant.

5/03/2009 10:41 am  
Blogger Vic Ferrari said...

Yeah, given that scoring chance rates haven't really shifted much over the years, I think that's a fair assessment.

In large part I think that they created 'poorer' defencemen artificially with the rule enforcement changes. And as Smith says, the flow of the game is better because of it.

The attempt was there to create 'lousier' goalies as well, with the decrease in equipment size. Though really, I think that they have to increase the size of the net to have an impact there.

Corsi's groovy, bendy-piped net might be worth a go. I have no idea why that would work better than just making the net a bigger rectangle, but they surely know more about this than me. I'd really like to see them have a go with that in the AHL for a season. Tradition be damned. :D

5/04/2009 11:05 am  
Blogger Statman said...

Bring back the Rogie pads!!

http://www.legendsofhockey.net:8080/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/SearchPlayerGallery.jsp?player=18724#photo

http://www.legendsofhockey.net:8080/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/SearchPlayerGallery.jsp?player=18724&photo=44#photo

5/04/2009 1:34 pm  
Blogger Black Dog said...

terrific stuff vic

Roger Neilson, always ahead of the curve

5/05/2009 9:49 am  

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