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03-30-2012, 01:12 PM
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No, stats models do not work well enough in hockey. Baseball is an individual sport,as almost every single action made is by one player at a time and is unaffected by the other players around him. Therefore, it's possible to form an opinion on the value of a player by stats alone.

It's the complete opposite in hockey, where almost every single action is influenced by what other players do and where systems have a great impact on the way the player plays. Too many relevant and important actions in hockey are not quantifiable and are simply impossible to be supported by stats. When I hear people stating that a player's ability to read the play position himself well is captured by his total of takeaways, I just want to shoot myself.

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