Noon Number (October 29th): 2.122

Hannah Foslien

Today's Noon Number deals with Quality Of Competition, Quality Of Teammates and Zone-Starts.

So far in this young season, I've been mostly used these articles to talk about some basic performance stats like Corsi, Fenwick and ES Sv%. Now, with a healthier sample size to work with, I'm gonna make a stab at explaining some of the "deployment" or "usage" stats and show you how the Wild's numbers are shaping-up so far.


Quality Of Competition

QualComp roughly measures the strength of the players a certain player is deployed against. It can be represented using a number of different possession metrics or even time on ice. I normally use it with Corsi.

It is calculated by using the weighted average of the Corsi of each opponent a player faces. So if a player plays 100 minutes, and 20 of them were against the same line and defense pairing, that means 20% of his quality of competition rating comes from those player's numbers.

QUALITY OF COMPETITION (5+ GAMES PLAYED)

PLAYER

QUALITY OF COMPETITION

RANK

Scandella

2.122

1st

Brodziak

.013

2nd

Pominville

-0.279

3rd

Cooke

-0.29

4th

Stoner

-.31

5th

Granlund

-.373

6th

Spurgeon

-.409

7th

Fontaine

-.672

8th

Mitchell

-0.889

9th

Suter

-1.041

10th

Parise

-1.05

11th

Heatley

-1.149

12th

Dumba

-1.236

13th

Koivu

-1.242

14th

Konopka

-1.33

15th

Ballard

-1.544

16th

Niederreiter

-1.644

17th

Veilleux

-2.046

18th

Brodin

-3.048

19th


Quality Of Teammates

This works the same as QualComp but relates to the teammates a particular player takes the ice with rather than the opposition. It , like QualComp, adds some useful context to a player's Corsi and Fenwick numbers. If a guy has excellent Corsi, but is playing weak competition and with the 2 best forwards on his team all the time, then that needs to be taken into account when evaluating him.

QUALITY OF TEAMMATES (5+ GAMES PLAYED)

PLAYER

QUALITY OF TEAMMATES

RANK

Mitchell

2.149

1st

Konopka

2.932

2nd

Veilleux

4.284

3rd

Cooke

6.424

4th

Scandella

6.856

5th

Heatley

7.38

6th

Stoner

7.389

7th

Brodziak

7.838

8th

Granlund

9.019

9th

Dumba

9.19

10th

Fontaine

9.22

11th

Spurgeon

9.297

12th

Ballard

9.854

13th

Pominville

10.015

14th

Brodin

11.08

15th

Suter

11.545

16th

Niederreiter

12.394

17th

Koivu

15.595

18th

Parise

15.978

19th


Offensive-Zone Start Percentage

This is pretty straight-forward. A player who gets deployed more frequently in the offensive zone stands a better chance at posting stronger puck possession numbers than a guy who starts back in his own zone all the time. It is a another useful statistic to give some context to Corsi and Fenwick stats.

OFFENSIVE ZONE START % (5+ GAMES PLAYED)

PLAYER

O-ZONE START %

RANK

Konopka

27.1%

1st

Veilleux

33.3%

2nd

Scandella

36.8%

3rd

Mitchell

40.0%

4th

Cooke

41.9%

5th

Brodziak

43.4%

6th

Spurgeon

45.1%

7th

Fontaine

47.3%

8th

Ballard

50.0%

9th

Granlund

54.5%

10th

Stoner

55.9%

11th

Heatley

58.8%

12th

Brodin

61.4%

13th

Dumba

61.8%

14th

Pominville

62.1%

15th

Suter

63.5%

16th

Niederreiter

68.0%

17th

Parise

68.1%

18th

Koivu

69.7%

19th


Defensive-Zone Start Percentage

Just because a player isn't getting offensive zone starts a lot doesn't necessarily mean he is starting in the defensive zone as he could be starting in the neutral zone, so now let's look at defensive zone starts to get a clearer picture.

DEFENSIVE ZONE START % (5+ GAMES PLAYED)

PLAYER

D-ZONE START %

RANK

Konopka

55.2%

1st

Scandella

40.1%

2nd

Veilleux

38.9%

3rd

Mitchell

38.9%

4th

Brodziak

37.1%

5th

Cooke

36.0%

6th

Spurgeon

32.9%

7th

Fontaine

32.8%

8th

Stoner

32.0%

9th

Ballard

30.1%

10th

Granlund

29.4%

11th

Heatley

26.3%

12th

Dumba

25.4%

13th

Brodin

24.3%

14th

Pominville

23.2%

15th

Suter

23.2%

16th

Niederreiter

22.2%

17th

Parise

21.6%

18th

Koivu

20.5%

19th

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The thing to remember with all these stats is that it is very early in the season and it will be a few weeks before they really start to take shape. For now, the sample size is just too small to make them very meaningful. Still, it is interesting to see where and how players are being deployed. I'll be revisiting these numbers throughout the year so think of this as an introduction to the concepts of QoC, QoT and Zone-Starts.


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