Goaltender Robin Lehner Turns To Twitter For New Shootout Strategy

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“Crowdsourcing” is defined as the practice of obtaining information or input for a task or project by soliciting input from a large number of people. The strategy is based on the philosophy that a diverse crowd is collectively smarter than individual experts when it comes to problem-solving, decision making, innovating and predicting. Simply put, the attainable levels of the “wisdom of a crowd” is greater than that of the single individual.

The strategy has gained tremendous momentum over the past decade, significantly aided by the mainstreaming of social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Twitch, Facebook and other point-to-multipoint communications and networking technologies which allow one to communicate with many (a “crowd”).

The strategy and supporting technologies have drastically reshaped many antiquated industries including traditional media, science and research, government, education, the list goes on, and that list includes hockey.

On Sunday, Blackhawks netminder Robin Lehner took to his Twitter account in search of wisdom from the crowd. Lehrer asked for tips on improving his goaltending approach in shootouts.

Make no mistake, this was no straight jab at the media or light-hearted public relations move. Lehner was indeed looking for suggestions.

It should be noted that Lehner is not exactly struggling in regulation and extra time, as he currently has the best save percentage (.938) of all goaltenders with more than six starts. But he felt his shootout strategy simply wasn’t working.

Lehner would later thank everyone for their input.

The challenge of seeking wisdom from the crowd is the task of separating the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. Lehner received several hundred responses, many off topic, some praising his work, but some with sincere, honest input.

On Monday, Lehner met with the media to talk about shootouts and his social media post:

It will be interesting to see how he does in the next shootout.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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1 Response to Goaltender Robin Lehner Turns To Twitter For New Shootout Strategy

  1. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Maybe the Caps’ Miracle Coaching Staff should follow Lehner’s lead and find a Shootout Strategy from the general internet.

    Can’t be any worse than the Vancouver game where the Caps trotted out exhausted defensemen to shootout duty while having a bench full of more rested forwards who get paid to snipe goals and score on penalty shots

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