Is there an equivalent of a "Moneyball" for the NHL?
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11-29-2012, 12:51 PM
Join Date: May 2010
Baseball can broken down into multiple 1 on 1 battles between the batter and the pitcher. The analysis of these battles in statistics are what we know as sabremetrics. For this reason alone, it is hard to apply sabremetrics to hockey.
The concept of "Moneyball" was Billy Beane taking players who excelled in this 1 on 1 battle, but had been cast aside by the Major League's due to perceived deficiencies (or actual deficiencies) in their game ("No, but he gets on base.") It meant that, through a new way of looking at baseball, he was able to get players who vastly outperformed their contracts.
For the concept to work in hockey, all we would need is someone who is ahead of the curve and builds a team a completely new way, the likes of which no one has ever seen. We kind of saw this with the 'Canes in 2006, where the forwards were built for speed and success on the powerplay rather than for grit and excellence at even strength. The defense was defense by committee rather than one super defensemen leading the pack like we have seen before and since. But such a concept would be "Moneyball" in name only.
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