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Hockey Prospectus 2011-12 Paperback – September 21, 2011
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Both last year and this year, I found myself wishing for more stats in the player section. Maybe they didn't want to overwhelm the reader but I would've liked to see some of the stats that are described & used throughout the Team summaries in the individual Player summaries. I realize all flavours of GVT tell us the majority of what we need to know, but I kept looking for even strength corsi, Quality of opposition, zone starts, and ESP/60.
Overall, a great read and I highly recommend it.
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."
The prospectus team once again created an innovative approach this time for hockey. Now can we get an European soccer prospectus.
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...
Every player who plays a physical game is discounted as a penalty waiting to happen, even guys with less than 80 PIMSa re too much for the disciples of Bill James.
If these clowns ran a real hockey team they would lose every game, maybe a nice league in Europe would suit them.
Put away your computer and go watch how hockey is really played.