Dallas Eakins on how an NHL coaching staff can use analytics

Jonathan Willis
August 09 2014 04:47PM

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We’re in the dog days of summer, and thanks to that even something as relatively small as the hiring of a statistical consultant by Edmonton had been debated to death.

Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins talked to Winnipeg’s TSN 1290 about the move, and he managed both to say some new things and give us some idea about what he’s expecting from new addition Tyler Dellow.

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Analytics vs. the Rest of the Hockey world

Jason Strudwick
August 09 2014 01:52PM

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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?

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Intangibles: Character

Jonathan Willis
August 08 2014 03:05PM

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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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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
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.

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Looking Ahead: The 2014-15 Power Play

Jason Strudwick
August 07 2014 12:40PM

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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.

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