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What Does PDO Tell Us About Dion Phaneuf

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There are probably a lot of ideas for why Dion Phaneuf's first five games have left him open to such criticism from the local mittenstringers but there's one stat that suggests he'll soon 'bounce' back.

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DION STOP LITTLE MAN BEING PICKED ON GRRRRRR
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PDO is a useful statistic that help you see if a player or team has probably been suffering from some bad luck. Cam Charron has a thoughtful breakdown but there are a few important things to glean from it:

  1. At a team-level, it's made up of the team's save percentage and the team's shooting percentage.
  2. For an individual, it is calculated by adding those two numbers while they are on the ice.
  3. The number at a team level will tend to move towards 1000,100%, or 1.
  4. At a player level, there will be a range among teammates.

So why is it today's noon number? Because Dion Phaneuf's PDO is ludicrously low early on. While the Leafs are at 974 the captain is at 869. The team's even strength save percentage when he is on the ice is .827 and the team is shooting 4.26%. That plays a role in why he only has one assist this season after finishing 12th in scoring among defencemen last year with 12 goals and 32 assists. What a bum.

Fret not though fans of reasoned analysis, while it may not make it all the way up to 1000 or above, Phaneuf's improved PDO will ensure that he begins to record the points that the braying masses demand and it will hopefully quiet the dull roar demanding that he be bought out or dumped for no return.