A new find

Posted: 08/26/2012 by bc in Uncategorized

Stumbled upon a blogger worth following. Collin Insley at the The Hockey Writers. He’s posted six articles, one each on Bob Murray, Bruce Boudreau and players Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Cam Fowler, Luca Sbisa and Jonas Hiller.

IMO he relies too heavily on Corsi stats. I’m okay with using Corsi as indicative but many young bloggers and some mainstream media journalists mistakenly use Corsi as definitive. For example, as a player I would always judge a good shift as one where the next line started in a better position than my line. For example if my shift started in the defensive zone and ended in the neutral or offensive, that was part of what is considered a successful shift. but it’s only part and that’s the problem with Corsi and all stats, frankly.
Give me won/lost, goals, assists, PIMS and I’ll see the rest, thanks.

Aside from that minor difference, Insley does show a solid understanding of the game. He lays out facts impartially and presents solid analysis. Your eyes might glaze over on some of the stat sections but he is worth following.

  1. czhokej says:

    I was comparing two recent articles about Ryan Getzlaf , one by Collin Insley (better one – link is above) and the other by Michelle Drinnenberg : What To Expect From Captain Ryan Getzlaf .
    I focus on Getzlaf more, because I believe he is the crucial ingredient to make the Ducks successful.
    His poor season 2011-2012 was analyzed by both writers, as we also did here. Both of them tried to close on a positive and hopeful note.
    However we have noticed Getzlaf’s deficiencies before the last season and pointed out several crucial flaws of his game, as early as in 2007-2008. Too bad that neither RC or our GM did not see anything wrong back then.

  2. bc says:

    cz, there was some difficulty accessing the article. The link was edited to the original article at Rant Sports.
    I gave up on Drinnenberg when she posted this nonsensical passage, “By all means, I am disappointed in Getzlaf. But, I am an avid believer that the captain should be given to a proven veteran with character.”
    cz, what the heck is she talking about?

  3. czhokej says:

    I found that article under Fox Sports (http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/team/anaheim-ducks/66324?q=anaheim-ducks), next to the small picture of Getzlaf. On the same page, there is another one: The Case for the Ryan Getzlaf Captaincy To Remain, by Bobby Kittleberger. Most of the stuff is just the repetition of the same opinions, but the conclusion is different. Plus there are some ideas I strongly disagree with.
    (Or you can go directly to http://www.yardbarker.com/nhl/teams/anaheim_ducks/117).
    BTW, I think that Mrs. Michelle D. should have use the word “captaincy”. And I do not know how much she and Mr. Bobby K. understand hockey.

    • bc says:

      Kittleberger covered the bases that have been well chronicled in mainstream media. What I didn’t read from Kittleberger was any understanding of the duties of the captain. Mostly at the NHL level, a captain serves as the travel secretary, polling the players on when they leave on trips. During the game, a captain will often carry the water between the bench boss and the ref.
      The leadership value of a captain is an intangible. Given Coach Boudreau’s positive approach, the team needs nothing more from Getz than a demonstration showing he is buying into the program.
      It will become an issue if Coach asks Getzlaf to change to his game. How will Getz react? In Washington, Coach was successful in getting the NHL’s most explosive offense to buy-in and play a sound two-way game. They did but didn’t get better results.
      So far at least Ryan Getzlaf has resisted all suggestions that he change his game. I’ve questioned if he can be coached. We’ll see, cz.

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