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How productive is Backstrom? Stats say not very.


Alright, don't shoot the messenger here.  Stacey Brooks is a sports economist and blogger (Hawkonomics).  He's also a co-author of the book, The Wages of Wins.  He and some colleagues have studied the productivity of NHL goalies and they have produced a Wins Above Average stat that rates productivity.  I believe they are relating this to how valuable each goalie could be to teams, thereby giving them an idea of how much cap space should be dedicated to them.

The results may surprise Wild fans.  Apparently Niklas Backstrom rates as the NHL 5th *WORST* goaltender using this metric.  He is given a -1.999  WAA rating.  Josh Harding rates higher than Backstrom, but still not very productive with a -.4155 WAA.

What say you, Wild fans?  If you don't like his methodology, do you have a better one?

The opinions posted here are not those of Hockey Wilderness

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