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on September 28, 2011
Before Moneyball (the book, not the movie), there was Bill James.

For those of you who may not know, James is the grandfather of Sabermetrics and is currently a senior advisor on baseball operations for the Boston Red Sox.

He began writing The Bill James Baseball Abstract in 1977 which was "the first of its kind to scientifically analyze and study baseball, often through the use of statistical data, in an attempt to determine why teams win and lose."

Luckily, Hockey Prospectus is there to carry the torch into the Moneypuck era.

Since I got their inaugural copy last year I have been waiting for Hockey Prospectus to make their 2011-12 annual available. Finally, I got to read it last week.

For those not familiar, the book is, for the most part, an in-depth analysis of each NHL team. It certainly has a math element to it, so those who love stats will enjoy it. But make no mistake: this is for anyone interested increasing their knowledge of hockey, sounding smarter on Twitter or just as a guideline for expectations for the 2011-12 season.

There are also projections for every player, which I used to draft in my fantasy leagues.

And lastly, there are some great essays, including revisiting Corsi (a simple puck possession metric which is gaining ground as THE way to identify hockey talent), Timo Seppa's Ultimate Faceoff Percentage and how age affects a player's development.

It's money well spent. Just think, you'll be able to tell people "before Moneypuck, there was Hockey Prospectus."
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on October 18, 2011
Having read the last 10 or so baseball prospectus and a few football versions, I've longed for a hockey annual that studied hockey in an elegant mathmatical way. Us who search for the sporting 'ultimate answer' via mathmatical analysis have a difficult time finding annuals that quench that thirst. This is my 1st hockey prospectus (I didn't buy the 1st edition because I didn't know it was available) and its great. Identifies the evolution of player performance through mathmatical description in a direct, concise, and easy to understand style. My only wish is that it included Corsi and Zone Start% in the player stats.
The prospectus team once again created an innovative approach this time for hockey. Now can we get an European soccer prospectus.
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on September 30, 2011
Loved last year's premiere publication, and constantly referred to it throughout the season. I was happily unsurprised to find the 2011-12 edition is on the same high-quality standard of excellence!

You can go to the Hockey Prospectus site and read some sample pages for yourself.

Now, if only the Rangers would play up to the level predicted...
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on September 28, 2011
Year in and year out, the Hockey Proespectus is the ultimate resource for write-ups and statistics on NHL teams and players. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to read up on, not only their favorite team, but any team in the league. Don't be scared off by the use of advanced statistics, though. The Hockey Prospectus provides a solid introduction to GVT and VUKOTA, essays, and a thorough glossary to help you get comfortable with the projections and concepts used in this book.
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on November 2, 2011
This book is just as good as the BP that the same company sends out each year. A solidly written well paced introduction to hockey for 2011-12.
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