as many of you know, i love math!! haha jk i hate math. but i love stats, because stats are things that other people do that i can then use to make my points. it’s great. it’s like paying a nerd to do your homework and then using their pithy phrasing to make your speech when you win at prom court.
however, stats are sneaky bastards. sometimes you think they’re telling you one thing, but they’re really telling you something else. goddamnit, stats, just talk to me. tell me what you’re thinking.
well, one of the ways that we figure out what stats are actually thinking is through player usage charts. player usage charts look like this:
AND THEY MAKE NO GODDAMN SENSE.
shhh. don’t worry. that is why i am here.
— Bill Schoeninger (The Hockey Writers), “Crosby Already the 5th Best Forward of All Time?”