That's why I say the possession numbers are fools gold, although the term might be overstate the point. As I read the article, it suggests that ability to "finish" is a real thing that some teams/players do better than others, and that, if it's real, the Devils are very, very bad at it.
By calling it fool's gold, it would seem you're suggesting that our tactics are not as effective as they seem, but really they are quite effective. We just need to be able to capitalize on our chances more often to go from middle of the pack to contenders.
Habs Eye on the Prize had a post on tracking chips recently. Besides talking about the chips it mentions how SportVU which works great for basketball hasn't been able to adapt to hockey. Hopefully these chips can work out.
More accurate data is always a good thing so it's hard to see any downside to this.
I also really like the idea of having a chip implanted in the puck as that would make video review on many goals unnecessary when there's a chip that can alert officials automatically and with complete accuracy when it has crossed the goal line. Cases where the puck may have crossed the line, but is hidden from the view of cameras by a goaltender's glove or any other piece of equipment would no longer prevent accurate calls.
Personal interactions with players aren't to be trusted either. There's a reason something is reliable or not, like just because something is 2.3% accurate doesn't mean it's never right. That would be called unreliable to me.
You throw enough sh!t at a wall, eventually something sticks and that's the M.O. of most of these guys. Then all you gotta do is keep pointing to that one time you were right and you'll get people to continually bite on your bullsh!t.
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I skimmed it, and its somewhat depressing in that it suggests that the Devils' strong possession stats are fools gold. I wish though that writers when noting the Devils low shots for also mention the possibility that shots are significantly undercounted at home.
That's not really what I got from it. It seemed to say more so that it's a quality system that if we were to bring in some higher end talent who could bury chances at a higher rate than most of last year's roster could, then we'd really be a force to be reckoned with.
I think we're very similar to LA in that our ability to suppress shots also hampers our ability to get shots/chances. The difference between us and LA is that LA has that high end talent in every position with Kopitar, Gaborik, Carter, Doughty and co. to bury the chances they get while we don't have anyone that is in the same neighborhood as the talent they have, at least not until some of our prospects on defense have breakout sessions.
The only player we have that is a safe bet to be elite is Schneider in goal as I have no doubt that he will be able to handle the workload of a starter and prove that he's worth the extension he recently signed. While Jagr and Elias are great, they're only getting older so they're better bets to regress than to improve on their performances from last season.