Saturday, November 17, 2007

Scott Hannan: Faceoff Whiz?

It looks like we were all wrong on why the Avs signed Scott Hannan to a 4-year, $18M deal. As it turns out, the man is a faceoff dynamo!

Last night while doing my recap on the Dallas game I was checking out the RTSS stats to see what other weirdness could be spotted in them*. It was then that I realized that Scott Hannan is has the best faceoff percentage on the team, going 1 for 1 for a 100% conversion rate.

If anyone can remember the instance where Scott Hannan took a faceoff, please enlighten me. The only way I could see it happening is if the Avs put 5 defensemen on the ice while protecting a lead to pioneer a new coaching strategy. Or maybe coach Q decided to try and sneak one by everybody and put Hannan out to center the top line once? "Hey, is that Hannan out there on the first line? No dude, it's Sakic, he's just so awesome he can shapeshift."

Or maybe, just maybe, the NHL is still having issues with the recording of statistics. Tapeleg has been railing against stats for a while now, and rightfully so. In fact, while watching Vancouver vs. Edmonton the other day, Gord Miller remarked "Right now, shows a 1-0 lead for Vancouver on a Naslund goal". This was while the game was deadlocked at 0-0. That's so sad you might say it's pathetic.

* In case you didn't read that post to the end, the Avalanche were credited with more takeaways than giveaways last night which is as false as false can be.


Draft Dodger said...

although's stats are riddled with errors - some they catch and fix, some they don't, this one's actually correct.

(I don't remember this play, but I was able to find the game in question and deduce it from the stats)

It was game 13 against Vancouver. Vancouver had a brief 4 on 3 PP (Clark and a Sedin were off together, and Cumiskey was penalized just before those 2 came out). Guite, Hannan and Finger were on the ice for the draw. Guite must have gotten tossed, as Hannan took the draw, and won against Morrison. It was at 12:03 of the 3rd if you want to check out the play by play of the game.

Your point is still valid, though - they make way too many mistakes. If I can remember, I'll post a good example of one tomorrow.

Shane Giroux said...

Hey DD, I was just coming on to say that I realized when the opportunity might have arisen.

I was just watching the Sharks-Ducks game and virtually the same thing happened. It was 3-on-3, both centers got tossed and Murray and Pronger came in for the draw.

Murray won. Pronger slashed him. What a douche.

Draft Dodger said...

"Murray won. Pronger slashed him. What a douche."

and THEN he slept with Murray's wife.