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04-10-2009, 02:55 PM
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Is there an equivalent of a "Moneyball" for the NHL?

The core thesis of the book was that the conventional wisdom in baseball for evaluating players had created inefficiencies in the marketplace that led to some players being undervalued. By taking advantage of those inefficiencies by plowing through undervalued stats, a GM could build a competitive team while staying within a budget.

The same guy who wrote Moneyball - Michael Lewis, wrote a story about NBA player Shane Battier in the New York times a while back that sort of exposed the lack of good defensive stats in the NBA. Shane Battier in many ways is a basketball player that defies conventional because he doesn't load up on the stats we would think of when we think good basketball player. In short, there are also inefficiencies in the market for pro basketball players - particularly defensive ones because there are no reliable stats to measure their performance. You can find it here:

So that got me to thinking, there's got to be some inefficiencies in the market for hockey players that create undervalued hockey players right? Anyone want to take a shot at this question?

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