Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Maybe It's The Sticks

I happened across an interesting stat yesterday - it seems that, heading into last night's game, 55% of the game-winning goals in this year's playoffs have come off of Easton sticks, despite only 44% of the players in the playoffs using the brand (which still makes it the most popular stick brand, by far). The overall goal and point totals aren't significantly different from the market share, but that game-winner percentage is noteworthy.

Naturally, I then wondered how many (and which) Caps are using these magic wands. As it turns out, only two Capitals who scored more than eight goals last year - Chris Clark (30) and Matt Pettinger (16) - are Easton guys.

Of course, Alex Ovechkin has done just fine with his CCM twigs, and Alex Semin's Sherwoods have served him well, but one has to wonder if maybe there's a little something extra in the Eastons.

Then again, it's a poor craftsman who blames his tools, and I don't think Easton makes a stick that will turn Ben Clymer into a 50- (or even 20-) goal scorer. But a switch couldn't hurt for some of these guys, could it?


Rage said...

My Freakonomics guesswork says that a majority of the 44% are forwards. In other words, maybe Easton makes better offensive sticks, and Defensemen prefer other brands. That would slant the GWG stat in favor of Easton.

Make sense?

JP said...

Perhaps, though I know that Selanne uses Eastons.

On the Caps, Green, Pothier, Schultz, Eminger and Morrisonn all use Eastons as well, and that's most of your D corps.

Doogie said...

Oh, please. Game-winning goals is about as useful a stat as faceoff percentage: highly contextual and nearly always misleading. I mean, is the fourth goal in a 6-1 romp suddenly more "clutch" when it becomes 6-3 because the team fell asleep in the final ten minutes? Jesus.

JP said...

Psst... Doogie. This post isn't meant to be taken too seriously. It's just info, that's all.

Rage said...

Yeah, what the hell, JP? Do your damned research! For Pete's sake...

Btw, interesting sidenote. When I say the sentence "Do your damn research!" in my head, it's pronounced "REE-sirch". But if I make it "Do your damnED research!", I pronounce it "rih-SIRCH".