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Snepsts System (Classic)

posted Jan 13, 2012, 8:38 AM by Robert Vollman

A system of searching NHL’s vast history for players with similar era-adjusted statistics was developed in March 2009, and subsequently named after Canucks legend Harold Snepsts as part of the tradition of naming them after famous NHL grinders.  Since then it has been used in a variety of ways, including a highly successful projection system, a method or calculating the probability of break-out seasons, and a way to set high-water and low-water player expectations.

Analyses using the Snepsts system can be found with great regularity on Hockey Prospectus, Arctic Ice Hockey and FlamesNation.  With Neil Greenberg’s assistance a new version is being developed called Snepsts67, set to be unveiled in the 2012 off-season.

While a Snepsts-based analysis typically gives you a list of comparable players with their era-adjusted scoring totals, complete with a low-water, high-water and average estimate of a player’s future production, the attached 2011-12 worksheet just has the average.

Robert Vollman,
Jan 13, 2012, 8:38 AM