They are simply doing their jobs.
If puck and player tracking data was more available, ppl could look up who is consistently fastest skater and hardest shot and then we could point out how dumb their selection process is more often or it could validate their choices.
How about players? Do they get to know this information?
Would love to read your Larkin story but I already pay for The Athletic and Si.com so don’t need to pay for another site