The Contrarian – Free Contest

Thomas Drance




The Contrarian wants to challenge you to beat the consensus. 

Is it better to run with the pack or venture out on your own?


On the one hand how could the consensus be wrong (or not so wrong) versus the other hand with a mind set of “nothing ventured nothing gained”. You could be leading the pack or you could be the stray weakling that gets left behind.


Where does the consensus end up?


In an attempt to answer this question I will be conducting a free contest for the members of this site.


It is quite simple. You pick, in order, who you think will be the top 50 NHL players next season ranked by points. You do not predict how many points they will earn.

Your rankings will be compared to the true NHL rankings and your entry will be scored based on how many missed opportunity points you earn. The fewer missed opportunity points the better.


What is a missed opportunity point?


I will illustrate this with a small example.


Assume that I predicted a player order of:


1. Guy Lafleur

2. Marcel Dionne

3. Phil Esposito


Assume the result at the end of the season was:


1. Phil Esposito (115 points)

2. Bobby Clarke (103 points)

3. Marcel Dionne (103 points)

4. Guy Lafleur (99 points)

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So I was wrong with my order of prediction. Guy Lafleur was not the best player. The best player earned 115 points and Lafleur got 99. The missed opportunity is 16 points.
Marcel Dionne is ranked third in the final standings but he was tied for second with 103 points. In essence there was no missed opportunity.


Finally, Phil Esposito surpassed my expectations and did better than my predicted third place finish. He earned 115 points where the real third place player tallied 103 points. A difference of 12 missed opportunity points. The fact that Esposito did better than I expected should not benefit my score.


Add up all the missed opportunities, 16 + 0 + 12 = 28, would be my score. If I had gotten the order perfectly correct my score would have been zero.
Now this was just a hypot