Philosophy of hockey Sabremetrics: Can hockey accurately be measured?
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10-18-2012, 02:27 PM
Join Date: Aug 2007
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Hockey's a very fluid game, and it's not possible to entirely quantify it, but I really feel like we're just scratching the surface of this kind of analysis. The turning point will be when NHL teams start devoting resources to "moneypuck" staff. I think eventually there will be a stathead employed in every team's front office, and the possibilities are incredible. It's going to be cool to watch the field develop in the next few years.
I still think at the end of the day, the fluidity you mentioned will mean data is next to impossible to acquire on a broad scale. That "stathead" is more likely to be a slave watching a lot of hockey to get the data he needs as opposed to spending time breaking down statistics.
If there was ever a sport where I would value opinion over statistics, it would be hockey.
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