Kukla's Korner Hockey
Entries with the tag: onus rating
This is a stat based blog. I realize that many readers get easily bored with stat blogs, as I am one of them. While I am not stat-crazy, I do see a purpose in them and will discuss them in varying levels of detail. If a post is overly obsessed with stats, I will do my best to warn you in some way.
In 1968, in an effort to quantify defensive proficiency, the National Hockey League decided to officially begin recording +/- as an official stat. What was intended to simply be a way of determining a player’s ability to play sound, defensive hockey has become one of the most argued over stats in use today. The fact that Nicklas Lidstrom won the Norris Trophy, while tied for 177th in +/- with a -2, this past year and Jeff Scultz was not even on the ballot last year, despite a league leading +50, should show that this stat seems to come up short.