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A Defense Independent Rating of NHL Goaltenders

There was a recent paper written that offers forth a new way of analyzing goalie's performance.  The paper was presented at the Sloan Sports Analytic Conference, which is a big deal in Academia.  The paper was written by Michael E. Schuckers and has a few interesting points I'll bring up for those who don't want to read it.  If you are a nerd like me and get into the math, its laid out in the paper, otherwise I'll summarize the paper below.  Also, here's the link to the paper

The new stat tries to take away how the defense effects the goalie ratings (GAA and SV%).  For example, some people may argue that Martin Brodeur is not as good as some other great goalies because he had a stellar defense in front of him.  This paper attempts to prove this gray area by measuring where shots come from and the probability that each goalie would stop that shot.  There were 74,300 shots in the 2009-2010 season; the paper uses every shot on the season against the probability each goalie would stop that shot from there.  He does this by spatially mapping out where each shot in the 2009 to 2010 season came from and then analyzes which goalies would stop the shot and then rates them with some fancy math.  

Interesting enough the the worst goalie by this rating was Tim Thomas, the best was Ryan Miller.  I would say that each of these goalies are in the top tier of the league, not at opposite ends.  Martin Brodeur landed at #29 out of 40.

For those of you who want the specific results, go to the paper and read section 4 (Application and Results).  Its easy to read and very interesting where this new rating puts different goalies.

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