Tim Thomas: Just slightly worse than Brian Elliott
In some circles, it is regarded as the holy grail: an advanced statistic that tracks not just shot quantity, but also shot quality.
Back in March, Michael Shuckers presented a paper to the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference entitled, “DIGR: A Defense Independent Rating of NHL Goaltenders using Spatially Smoothed Save Percentage Maps.” As the title suggests, Shuckers followed in the footsteps of people like Alan Ryder, and used shot location data to create a difficulty rating for shots faced by NHL goaltenders. The results of the paper were rather interesting; Shuckers found that Ty Conklin was the second-best goaltender in the NHL in 2009-10, placed Johan Hedberg in 11th (right
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