I was recently reading Defending Big D, and came across an article by user CJMotes. Here is the link for those interested. First of all, I would like to thank him for his work; this can be a legitimate formula in due time used by many hockey fans who support advanced statistics. If someone smarter than I can find a way to incorporate QualComp, special teams, etc. this can be a very useful tool. Second of all, I would like to take a look at some of the key Devils players in terms of this metric.In the words of Defending Big D,
This is a great stat-centric look at which players do the best at "flipping the ice," using good possession skills to move the puck from a defensive start position to an offensive stop position -- basically, taking a defensive faceoff and having the puck stopped in the offensive zone.
The parameters I will use to define this are supplied by CJMotes in his fanpost; I'll find the standard score using 49.893 as the mean for Off-Zone starts and 7.013 as the standard deviation, and I will use 50.026 as the mean for Off-Zone finishes and 2.883 as the standard deviation. I will subtract the %Finish z-score from the %Start z-score, and will obtain the final ZZscore; the more negative it is, the better it is.
Let's look at some of the key Devils forwards by this metric:
|NAME||Off Zone Start %||Off Zone Finish %||Start Z-score||Finish Z-score||ZZ-score Shift|