Friday, February 20, 2015

The Corsi argument is over: NHL.com adds analytics to their stats page

Kyle Dubas giving a speech to the MLSE board
Adapt or Die

Those words were uttered by Brad Pitt's reincarnation of Billy Beane in the 2011 film Moneyball, based on Michael Lewis' 2003 novel of the same name. The book examined Oakland's on-the-fly inclusion of analytics in their talent evaluation, and how they used non-traditional techniques to improve their club. After the book's release, teams started embracing the same philosophies pioneered in Oakland, and advanced stats became mainstream. 

Now, a decade later, hockey is on its way. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Here's to Olli Jokinen killing it as a Maple Leaf

"Welcome to the Jungle"
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The Toronto Maple Leafs made big news Sunday by trading defenceman Cody Franson and forward Mike Santorelli to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a first round pick, prospect Brendan Leipsic, and veteran forward Olli Jokinen. 

If you want to hear my verbal thoughts on the trade, listen to the first 8:39 of the latest episode of The Hockey Guys Podcast (which I co-host, with Chris Shannon), that you can download on iTunes. Yeah, that'd be great.