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|2010-09-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)||You seemed to be down on Craig Adams in the Penguins chapter of Hockey Prospectus. I'd suggest that his main value to the team is as their only reliable right-handed face-off man, and the only bottom-six forward Bylsma trusts to take a shorthanded draw. How replaceable do you think that value is to the Penguins? How well do current hockey statistics like GVT measure the value of faceoffs?|
(Joe Weatherall from Ottawa)
|Have you happened to glance at Craig Adams' faceoff percentage? As it's 43.8%, I don't care if he's ambidextrous!
Defensive GVT summarizes a player's defensive contributions - primarily reducing shots on goal. With the example of Adams or another player taking defensive draws, the biggest impact would be on the penalty kill, where something like 1 in 15 lost faceoffs result in a goal. Anyway, the answer to your question is "not directly", but I think the effect is baked in there. (Timo Seppa (Hockey))
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