Life is full of minor disappointments from other people, so when you see someone out there unexpectedly do something right and go above and beyond what others do in their situation it should be pointed out and applauded.
Part of keeping tabs on almost a dozen hockey leagues as a part time hockey writer is going over a lot of game reports published from the various league websites for matches I either couldn’t possibly see myself or for games I did watch but need to freshen my memory of what happened.
As such dealing with the paucity of information given out by some leagues can be pretty frustrating. Especially disappointing are the North American leagues of the WHL, OHL and AHL, where you just get goals, assists, penalties and traditional plus minus, with the AHL a step up recording shots on net. What makes this disappointing is that its an open secret that far more information is kept by scorers at these rinks but they are kept for internal club use and not released to the fan.
So when I see something done really well I have to point it out. Check out the wealth of information you can get on what happened in a game here. Its as good or better than what the NHL collects and releases in a few areas.
Seriously, go take a look, its a thing of beauty both in contend and also aesthetically with pdf charts with bright colours and pictures of goaltenders and whatnot. These guys put effort into this.
What can you find on a Allsvenkan Gamesheet?
– Detailed reports on team puck possession broken down by period and special teams. No one does this which is very sad because puck possession, much like in soccer, is a terrifically useful category of information for evaluating hockey. If they figured out how to track it for individual players I’d consider giving up writing about NHL stats and switch over to the 2nd ranked league in Sweden.
– Shot charts, not just how many a player took, but from where and whether it was blocked or missed the net. The only other league that releases this is the NHL.
Canadian Junior leagues and the various professional leagues below the NHL in Europe and North America should be put on noticed. If a second tier European league can do this, so can you.
And if anyone from the Allsvenskan league reads this article written by a duly impressed Canadian, give yourselves a pat on the back, you deserve it.
Incidentally, Habs forward prospect Sebastian Collberg has 10 shots directed on net over 2 games, 8 of those hit the net and 6 were from the “homeplate” area of the ice that is usually counted as a scoring chance. This has resulted in 1 goal for the 18 year old, which is statistically the most likely outcome of someone with this many shots on net and scoring chances under normal circumstances (~10%+ SOG shooting percentage and ~16%+ scoring chance percentage is pretty normal for an offensive forward in most leagues/situations). He’s been on the ice for 2 goals for and 0 against in his two games played.