New Stat Shows Thomas Best Goalie

New Stat Shows Thomas Best Goalie

Save percentage has long been considered the best way to evaluate NHL goaltenders, despite an obvious flaw: It does not account for the difficulty of shots the goalie faces, which is dictated largely by the defense playing in front of him.

Michael Schuckers, a statistics professor at St. Lawrence University, sought to rectify that problem by devising a metric called "defense independent goalie rating," or DIGR. The stat is an adjusted save percentage that reveals the true ability of the goalie—regardless of his defensemen.

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