I asked about a pattern I saw in Linus Omark's on-ice results and if any of my readers saw the same. The data and the question, once again:
So in the quest to find matching linemates for Omark, I went to the shot attempts data (Corsi), for and against per 60 to find more clues:
# Player SA F/60 SA A/60 SA % 10 Shawn Horcoff 59.9 44.3 0.575 91 Magnus Paajarvi 56.2 47.3 0.543 13 Andrew Cogliano 58.2 50.1 0.538 16 Colin Fraser 58.2 51.5 0.531 67 Gilbert Brule 61.1 57.5 0.515 56 Teemu Hartikainen 61.5 59.0 0.510 27 Dustin Penner 54.5 54.5 0.500 89 Sam Gagner 53.8 57.8 0.482 85 Liam Reddox 45.7 52.2 0.467 13 Eric Belanger 49.4 59.0 0.455 94 Ryan Smyth 52.4 62.9 0.455 83 Ales Hemsky 49.3 66.2 0.427 42 Ryan O`Marra 31.7 63.5 0.333 28 Ryan Jones 36.0 75.5 0.323
I think I see something, though I'm not sure if it's real (especially given the minute sample sizes we have) or if it's confirmation bias at work. So does anyone (Copper & Blue writers need not apply!) else see a common thread to the linemates Omark enjoyed success with during his time in Edmonton?
It could all be in my head, but I swear I can see a pattern of success with forwards who utilize the cycle as part of their repertoire. He's marginal to extremely bad with players who aren't strong cyclists. Yes, there are outliers (Cogliano), but we're trying analysis by extremely small sample size, so we're going to see weird things, and maybe my pattern is just a coincidence. After all, small sample sizes can see some whacky results.