Hockey Analytics: Out of the Ice Age
The use of analytics in hockey is at a well-publicized crossroads within the larger hockey community. Publicly acknowledged now more than ever before, in-depth statistical analysis has permeated the front offices of NHL teams, the lineups of junior hockey organizations, and evaluation techniques for players at all top levels. Fans are armed with more data and metrics to follow the game than ever before. The rink, however, still remains a less-than-forgiving climate for perfected analytical judgment and implementation. This year’s panel will be a wide-ranging discussion of topics such as creating buy-in for analytics within the organization, drafting/player projection, salary cap analytics, pre-game and in-game statistical usage, and the variation of analytics usage at different levels (junior, college, pro, Olympic).