What does my team do differently when we lose versus when we win? What are a player's strengths and weaknesses? Which players are driving the results for their line? Who is most efficiently moving the puck into and through the neutral zone?
These and other similar questions can be answered with the help of team level data. By looking at overall production for the team and each individual player's contribution in different areas, one can get a stronger grasp on where their team is performing well and where there are inefficiencies.
Team Contribution Composition
- Traditional statistics: goals, assists, shots, misses, blocks, turnovers, takeaways, face offs, hits, penalties incurred and drawn
- Contextual information: zone starts, ice time
- Zone Transitional data: breakouts, zone entries
- Data broken up into types: even strength, power play, penalty kill
- And much more
The ultimate objective to hockey is outscore the opposition, but there are many actions involved prior to meeting this objective: gaining and maintaining possession, moving the puck forward, garnering scoring chances, etc.
By breaking down player contributions to the team in the different components, coaching and management gains not only a better understanding of team strengths and weaknesses, but which players are performing best at particular tasks.
Contributions are given with the added context of budget costs like scholarships and salary, as well as individual player ice time and role. In addition, we can show how the team and each player performs in each statistic in wins versus loses.
From this information comes many different potential applications:
Player acquisition and replacement - illuminating where largest holes in contributions exist
Optimizing coaching strategy - player ice time and usage allocation optimization
Player development - isolate areas where player may need attention or further coaching
Injury impact assistance - track team budget lost due to injuries and which areas the injury is impacting a team the most
Scouting and player evaluation - help define areas that creates a successful team and player
"Zone exits, puck battles, grit, and effort can tell you why a player is effective. Statistics like goals, assists, plus/minus, Corsi, and THP measure how effective."
Both outputs and inputs have their role in statistical evaluations. While outputs (like with our THP analysis) can tell you the extent to a player's effectiveness, inputs like a player's performance in passing, breakouts, and turnovers can tell you their strengths, weaknesses and why they garner the results they do.