Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/05/11 at 09:30 PM ET
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,
In the 1970s, Hall of Fame coach Roger Neilson developed a new and superior plus/minus system.
Neilson broke down each scoring chance play, for and against his team.
Only those players who contributed to scoring chances got a plus mark.
And only those players who made mistakes on chances against got a minus mark.
In the end, Neilson was able to use individual plus/minus on scoring chances to better rate players.
In 2007, not knowing about Neilson’s approach, but with the goal of coming up with a better way to rate the two-way players of hockey, I started to do this work on all goals for and against the Edmonton Oilers.
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