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03-06-2013, 11:53 PM
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One thing were advance stats will excel (once they have been sufficiently refined) is eliminating any style bias still existing in hufe amounts in hockey. Someone brought up that stat can not measure the effect of Stevens' of Pronger's physicality, but quite contrary the stats won't care how a player does the job if his style is effective. Most likely result being that the GMs investing in advance stats will be able to identify unorthodox/un-flashy players that contribute more than their style would suggest while avoiding players that seem good based on traditional views. Further, the stats isn't really needed to identify the very best, they stand out anyway. But stats will most likely help GMs to identify the most effective support players, allowing teams to gather more depth (and the depth wins championships) or leave more space to be allocated to stars.

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