Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 11/19/12
If you’ve been frequenting this blog for a while, then you know that we aren’t exactly fans of the plus/minus statistic. It’s useful in some cases, especially when measuring some prospect’s defensive value when they are in a shutdown role (Sam Noreau and Peter Ceresnak come to mind here). But at the NHL level, when other metrics are readily available, the plus/minus stat has very little value. One of the main problems seen with plus/minus is that it is a counting stat that relies heavily on ice time. When ice time is involved, it skews the numbers –positively or negatively– for those that simple play more. Those playing on high scoring teams –specifically when matching up against weaker lines– generally have higher plus/minus ratings. The best example of this being skewed is with the Washington Capitals. Not exactly noted for their defensive prowess, players like Alex Semin (+36 in 2009-2010) and Mike Green (+39 in 2009-2010) had outrageous ratings. Another problem is that it doesn’...
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