Luck is a very thin wire between survival and disaster, and not many people can keep their balance on it.
Hockey is a game of inches, where outcomes are regularly dictated by intangible forces. Luck, or lack thereof, can be the difference between a 25-game march to a Stanley Cup Final, or a 6-game first round exit that leaves you scratching your head. A player’s fortunes are in the hands of the hockey gods, whether it’s a snake bitten superstar that just can’t seem to get the monkey off his back or a fourth liner riding the hot stick to playoff hero.
Determining which player’s luck was good, bad or downright ugly last year can be done by comparing statistical averages and trends of shooting percentage. While not a perfect way to quantify an intangible such as luck, it can be telling of how sustainable a player’s recent play has been.