August 09 2014 01:52PM
I have been out of the NHL for three full years now. As a player I never once heard of advanced stats inside our dressing room. A coach never brought it to our attention or discussed it with us individually or as a group. Since then the analytical part of the game has picked up momentum. It is gaining traction and respect throughout the hockey world.
So why does it seem that for many people it is one or the other? Analytics or traditional hockey thinking?
August 08 2014 03:05PM
One of the comments I get a lot runs along the lines of ‘character wins championships, and stats don’t measure character!’ It’s true, to a point, but it glosses over a lot of important nuance.
Since it’s August, and every day is a slow news day, this seemed like a good time to talk about it.
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August 08 2014 08:05AM
The Leafs are over the cap, the Oilers hire stats guy Tyler Dellow, Alabama hates Vancouver, who makes the Flames and more in this week's Roundup.
August 07 2014 12:40PM
Last season the Oilers took a step backwards on the power play. Their success rate dropped three percent, going from twenty to seventeen. The team ranked just twenty-first in the NHL at the end of the year.
August 07 2014 10:37AM
For the sake of everyone in Edmonton, I sure hope so.
I do believe the Oilers have improved, which isn't hard considering they were the 3rd worst team in the NHL last season, but how much have they improved?
It is hard to say until we see the product on the ice, but I wanted to revisit an angle we looked at in May.