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06-06-2012, 07:26 PM
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Originally Posted by habsfanatics View Post
What is anthopoulos doing? He is rebuilding. I don't see much moneyball going on here.
The Blue Jays run a tight ship so we don't know much. But, exploiting the old Type A/Type B free agency compensation to garner extra draft picks (Miguel Olivo in particular) is something minor though he was merely taking that to the next level rather than innovating. Not worrying about players' reputations and going out and trading them for their ability (Escobar, Rasmus, Lawrie) is something the Habs need to learn. In terms of data collection (most relevant to hockey because most of the NHL's data is crap) the Blue Jays have volunteers charting amateur pitchers' pitching performance.

It's not as if the Habs would be the first team in hockey to do this. San Jose's assistant GM had a couple of interviews where he mentioned they use statistical analysis, Vancouver does it, Stan Bowman in Chicago has talked about them using some sort of rating system, Chiarelli mentioned that Boston uses it (Burke in the same panel laughed off this stuff mind you). Dave Tippett had an interview where he talked about his time in the AHL where they had a "defensive defenseman" and an "offensive defenseman" where the offensive guy had a reputation for being poor defensively but they collected data, developed some sort of system and the numbers showed the offensive dman was better defensively because he spent a lot less time in the defensive zone. The work's being done.

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