We built the most average team in hockey

The summer boredom is soon coming to an end and with that, the opportunity to drop in non-newsy posts about hockey is coming to an end as well. That probably serves you the readers well, but we’re not quite there yet. Instead I give you an idea stolen from 538…

Who is baseball’s most average player? https://t.co/dfhCjtbm6Y
— FiveThirtyEight (@FiveThirtyEight) August 27, 2019
Interesting, right?
Well, it’s a bit easier to do that with baseball than it is to do with hockey, but screw it, I’m going to try anyways using 6 equally weighted measures for forwards, 6 equally weighted measures for defensemen, and ditto for the goaltenders. The end result, you guessed it, a completely average team.
The Forward Criteria
This isn’t an attempt a truly profound analytical model. This is just some fun to have in late August, so that being said the categories are time on ice, points, expected goals for %, corsi for %, penalty minutes, and hits. I can sense a lot of you cringing and others shrugging in acceptance.
Here’s where the title of the post becomes quite misleading. I’m not looking at averages, I’m looking at percentiles for each …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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