# I invented a new advanced hockey stat

For the past 6 weeks, I have been doing a lot of research on advanced statistics in hockey. I have tried to invent my own advanced stat to no avail. That was before today.  I had my breakthrough when I realized that advanced stats put very little focus on goals. That is an extremely serious problem for teams trying to build around these advanced stats. So I have come up with an advanced stat that combines goals and shots. Introducing Sheldon:

Key: Goals For (GF); Goals Aganist (GA); Shots For (SF); Shots Aganist (SA); Missed Shots For (MF); Missed Shots Aganist (MA); Blocked Shots For (BF); Blocked Shots Against (BF)

This is the formula for Sheldon:

{ (GF/SF) + [ (MF + BA)/SF ] + [ (BF + MA)/SA ] }  –   { (GA/SA) + [ (MA -BF)/SA ] +                 [ (BA + MF)/SF ] }

This formula is mainly based towards teams but it could also be used for individual players. It gives goals a say in calculating advanced stats. Here is a set of numbers for a team:

GF: 3  SF: 36  MF: 21 BF: 10  GA: 2 SA: 37 MA: 13 BA: 9

[(0.083) + (0.083) + (0.084)] – [(0.054) + (0.081) + (0.083)]

(0.25) – (0.218)

0.032 Sheldon

It is a reliable method for calculating advanced stats. I don’t think Corsi is reliable. In my opinion, Sheldon is the future of hockey stats.

I came up with the name because it was the first good name for an advanced stat that came into my head.

## 16 thoughts on “I invented a new advanced hockey stat”

1. Explain what we are learning from this stat. Other than a crazy scientist on the Big Bang Theory, what is a Sheldon. What is good Sheldon and what is bad Sheldon? Do you foresee this as a game stat or a season stat? Looking forward to hearing more about this.

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1. Corsi can be used as both and its similar to that. It’s my final week of the semester and over the 3 day NHL holiday freeze I will try and get a chance to crunch the numbers. I think it works better as a game by game stat because you can average it all out over the course of the year. I was thinking of an individual stat and I thought it was crazy. A lot of NHL advanced stats and analytics miss the purpose of goals. This includes goals.

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1. You too. I tried to crunch the numbers but it is a lot of work.

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2. looking forward to it. go one game at a time. I’m sure the teams use a team of stats guys to come up with their stuff and you’re coming up with something new.

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3. I will probably look up the stats after the Toronto game and post something about it. It’s a team stat though.

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4. What was your record prediction for this week?

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2. I have made a similar stat called Team Value+, but instead of comparing Goals to shots, I compared individual goals to the team’s goals

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1. Interesting. Is it ok if I use that stat that you invented in one of my blog posts just looking at the Panthers players Team Value+?

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2. I will give you credit for inventing the stat in the blog post if you give me permission.

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1. You’re fine. It’s my fault. In order to prevent spam comments, I moderate all comments and have to approve them. Most spam comments are picked up weautomatically but some I have to put in spam myself. I’ve been busy of late so I haven’t been on this site a lot recently

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