2015-16 Rainbow Chart Masterpost (M-W)

Ok guys, get ready for an absolute crap-ton of charts coming your way. This isn’t an explainer, merely just a data dump.

The best way to find your team is to hit Ctrl+F and use the team name. Otherwise, everyone’s in alphabetical order.

Feel free to save and use. Consider this blanket permission to use in blogs or other posts as long as it links back to here or my twitter, @Classlicity.

Click this link for Part 1: A-L 

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2015-16 Rainbow Chart Masterpost (A-L)

Ok guys, get ready for an absolute crap-ton of charts coming your way. This isn’t an explainer, merely just a data dump.

The best way to find your team is to hit Ctrl+F and use the team name. Otherwise, everyone’s in alphabetical order.

Feel free to save and use. Consider this blanket permission to use in blogs or other posts as long as it links back to here or my twitter, @Classlicity.

Click here to go to Part 2: M-W

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Individual Offensive Contribution Graphs (Through 11/16)

If you follow me on twitter, you’ve probably seen a lot of charts about offense over the last few days. All of these graphs represent a player’s individual offensive contribution to their teams based on two stats.

First, is Individual Corsi For per 60 (iCF/60). This basically tallies all the shots on target, missed shots, and blocked shots a player has taken up until I pulled the data, and then turned it into a rate stat.

The second is Personal Shooting %, often just called Shooting %, which is the number of goals a player has, divided by the number of shots on goal they’ve taken.

The first chart (I’ll use Dallas as an example) shows just this year’s numbers.

11.15 Indiv Offense Contrib - iCF

As you can see, Roussel’s Sh% is really high and likely to come down, especially because his iCF/60 is lower than average. On the other hand, Sharp, Seguin & Spezza have Sh% within a normal range, and have really high iCF/60, so they could probably continue that pace.

Graph two is slightly different.

11.16 - DAL - Change iOffContrib

This shows how the player is doing vs their results over the last 5 years. I’ve excluded rookies because, well, they don’t have any data from the last 5 years. Here we can see Hemsky smack dab at average, indicating he’s doing exactly what he’s always done. Roussel is actually shooting less than he normally does, and both Spezza and Val are shooting a lot more. Klingberg’s shooting % is extremely deflated compared to his normal 5v5 number, which is a scary thought for the rest of the Central Division.

The most important thing to remember is that these graphs only tell you about offense. If you have a player who is sound defensively, but doesn’t take a lot of shots, they won’t look good on these charts.

Under the jump, I have all the teams in alphabetical order by abbreviation.

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Let’s Nerd Harder (A RITHAC Recap)

As you may know, I spent last weekend in western New York, attending the first ever Rochester Institute of Technology Hockey Analytics Conference (or RITHAC for short). And not just attending, but presenting!

There have been some excellent write ups of the conference so far, including one by a Guest Contributor, Sean, over at Today’s Slapshot. This recap includes all the links to everyone’s slides (like mine) and links to the videos of the conference, which are time stamped so you can pick out what you want to watch.

First I just want to say how honored I was to be asked to speak. I think a lot of it has to do with my background – not just being a business background, but my active avoidance of academia, especially math and science – but I often feel like I’m not really an “analytics” person. So when I was asked to participate and saw the list of speakers I was like “what, you want me to speak? But everyone else on this list is brilliant.”

Needless to say, I was a little intimidated. Here’s the best advice I can give to anyone afraid of public speaking – just pretend you’re Kanye West. There is no one on this earth more convinced (rightly so or not) that what he says is important.

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Under Pressure (What Is Clutch Part 3)

It’s finally the one you were all waiting for, the last (for now) in my Clutch rankings – the Playoffs.

Methodology wise, these are done the exact same way as the regular season, with weighted metrics measuring individual effort, team effect, and efficacy in Tied & Trailing states vs the Leading by 1 state. If you missed it, Part 1 is where I outline the definition of Clutch and what I’m attempting to achieve, but the final methodology used is explained in Part 2.

There is one major difference between the Regular Season ranks and the Playoff ranks, and that is the sample of skaters. Because of the comparative infrequency of the 5v5 playoff minutes, these are a cumulative total of the last five seasons (2011-2015), with a minimum requirement of 50 5v5 minutes to get on the list. This gives us a list of 431 forwards, and 236 defenders.

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Let’s Talk About Clutch, Baby (Let’s Talk About All the Losing and the Winning)

As a follow up to Version 1, I wanted to go through and refine how I was ranking “clutch” because, as was rightly pointed out, comparing players to just themselves often overvalued 3rd & 4th liners, and undervalued guys who were good in all situations. Compare the following:

Player Phryne*:
Lead by 1: 2.0 P60
Tied: 2.0 P60
Trail by 1: 2.2 P60
Trail by 2: 2.3 P60

Player Jack:
Lead by 1: 1.1 P60
Tied: 1.5 P60
Trail by 1: 1.4 P60
Trail by 2: 1.6 P60

NHL Avg:
Lead by 1: 1.5 P60

In all scenarios, Phryne is the better player, however, Phryne’s rank would be much worse, because the change between her Lead by 1 P60 and other game states is smaller. However, if I ranked them based on change from NHL Average, Jack would be unfairly disadvantaged as “clutch” because while he has a large personal delta, he mostly is right at NHL average in P60.

What I ended up with was a Lead 1 average weighted by on Time on Ice. As mentioned in the first article, coaches don’t typically change their usage of players within the varying game states, so a fourth liner will always have less TOI than a star.

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What is Clutch (Baby Don’t Lose This, Don’t Lose This No More)

I was looking for another project to do this weekend – something time and attention consuming but not actually too hard because I was fairly distracted. Someone suggested looking at what makes a player “clutch” and I thought “hmm, that’s interesting.” So here we are.

What does make a player clutch? If I was going to use fancy stats to rank players, I needed to figure out how to define the term first, as it would set the guidelines for the investigation. From dictionary.com, they define it as:

Clutch, adj.

done or accomplished in a critical situation

example: a clutch shot that won the basketball game.

In hockey, we have already proven that teams play very differently depending on the various “game states” (eg, tied, winning by 1, losing by 1, etc). Micah McCurdy has an excellent presentation illustrating this exact phenomenon, and the term “score effects” is used frequently amongst analytics types. In fact, most data you’ll see presented (here or elsewhere) is usually what we call “score adjusted”, meaning it has modifiers to counteract these score effects.

But if we’re trying to determine who is the most “clutch”, that is, who is the most effective in critical situations when the game needs to be tied or won, then these score effects are exactly what we want to examine.

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Absolutely Definitive Rankings of Special Teams Skaters (Of Which There Will Be No Debate)

I am having a lot of emotions right now, and as a Midwesterner, I’m very bad at handling them. So instead of feeling things, I’ve decided to dive into special teams and try to determine who was the very best in the NHL. Forwards are separated from Defenders, for obvious reasons, and each group has a cut off for minutes over the last two seasons. So while Rookie So & So might have a ton of skill on the PP, if he only logged 50 minutes last year, he won’t be on this list.

The Penalty Kill

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Guest Post: Dallas’ Underappreciated Stars or The Lover, The Brother, and the Saviour

Contributed by Sean Tierney / @SeanTierneyTSS – check out our guest contributors page for beard and bio

I’d like to start by thanking the Carolyn and Merrin for sharing their blog space. As a regular reader, it’s a pleasure to have something I’ve written mixed in with all the great work the Bearded Ladies do. I’ll leave the pleasantries at that – short and sweet.

The Dallas Stars have hijacked the offseason news cycle.

Tyler Seguin posed for his now-infamous Zamboni photo. Jamie Benn’s love life commentary drew myriad puns on social media. The Stars inked over-qualified backup goaltender Antti Niemi. The team swooped in to capitalize on the Blackhawks’ cap squeeze, snagging Patrick Sharp in trade and signing defenseman Johnny Oduya away from the reigning champs.


But all of these events are well-known. Carolyn and Merrin cover all your Stars needs while Twitter, ESPN, and TSN do a great job providing everything from hot takes to Scott Cullen’s industry-leading analysis.

Instead, I intend to walk through some analytics to help uncover the Stars that haven’t shone brightly this summer. As Dallas looks forward to advancing its re-worked roster through the playoffs next season, it could be the play of several lesser-known skaters that helps provide the push the team needs.

While everyone is comfortable with celebrating the likes of Art Ross champion Benn and Zamboni-enthusiast Seguin, the secret power of the Dallas Stars is in the team’s underrated group of secondary players. Skaters like Jason Demers, Jordie Benn, and Colton Sceviour don’t grab the Dallas headlines, sure, but this trio of underrated contributors will be vital to powering the Stars to the postseason in 2015-16.

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