On the one hand, one’s eyes and video chronicles can underscore aspects of a hockey game that no statistics can uncover. On the other hand, there are times when one gets through watching a game and does not pick up on a given aspect of it until reading a statistics sheet.
Those looking for a breather from the debate over the NHL potentially expanding its team membership and/or which cities are worthy can take to a slightly alternative topic. Namely, should NHL statisticians expand the various stat sheets and, if so, what sorts of stats should be added?
There are many so-called “advanced statistics” that one can already find on various web pages, but they would be worth filing under their own column on the NHL’s official site.
Like any other statistic, these would not (and already do not) tell anybody’s full story. However, they should intrigue a fan to watch more studiously in hopes of deciphering why a player or team is among the leaders or trailers.
Here are five categories that, in comparison to currently kept stats, would be easy enough to track and could valuably improve assessments of a player or team’s strengths and weaknesses.
Unless otherwise indicated, all statistics for this slideshow were found via NHL.com.