In my last blog i wrote about how i feel the NHL needs newer more innovative statistics and introduced my first new stat of the year the Shift Impact Percentage or SIP%. I'm not going to recap what the statistic is composed of, for that see my previous blog. Instead i'm going to delve right into the numbers and start applying the stat so we can start to gauge what is a good SIP% and what is not. So let's get to it!
Below are several key members of the Sabres and their SIP% from last season. In addition i calculated the SIP% for six other players around the league as comparables.
Thomas Vanek .187%
Derek Roy .204%
Tyler Myers .145%
Paul Gaustad .180%
Cody McCormick .235%
Ville Leino (with PHI) .138%
Christian Ehrhoff (with VAN) .170%
Andrej Sekera .120%
Sidney Crosby .253%
Corey Perry .204%
Ryan Kessler .254%
Nick Lidstrom .165%
Shea Weber .268%
Chris Pronger .202%
First off after running these numbers i'm even more impressed with Shea Weber. His stats were off the charts in every category. I found it interesting that Derek Roy and Corey Perry had the same SIP% and that Kessler edged out Crosby. While computing these percentages i realized both Ehrhoff and Myers led their team in total shifts, something that should provide the Sabres with a lot of stability on the back end now that they man the same blue-line.
You might be interested at the fact that Cody McCormick's shifts were far more effective than Thomas Vanek's. This points out both the good and the bad with this statistic. McCormick's numbers were great across the board, and given the ice time that he sees you can understand why Darcy and Co. were so quick to retain him this off-season. However the negative of this statistic is that it doesn't give points for goal productivity. It does account for assists because it was the only way to quantify passing on a shift, however it does not include goals because they would be redundant numbers with the shots attempted. The omission of goals however evens the playing field between a guy like McCormick and a guy like Vanek. In similar amounts of shots one will have significantly more goals than another, but according to SIP% the impact was the same. Maybe i should tweak the stat to include goals...though i kind of like how well this profiles players for their all around ability. Hence why Ryan Kessler has such high numbers.
Just like .300% is considered "very good" as a batting average in baseball, i would say .200% is that threshold with SIP. Anything above that is pretty darn good, and numbers like Webers are MVP worthy. As the season goes on i hope to come up with a few more interesting stats for you and who knows....maybe one of them will stick.
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