NHLNumbers Podcast - Relaunch Epsiode 1

NHLnumbers Podcast
May 10 2012 04:32PM

 

 

Although we have more than a few NHLNumbers podcasts already under our belts, today we reveal the NN podcast relaunch created and produced by the good folks of Driving Play. This will become a regular feature here at NHLNumbers, so feel free to have a listen and share some of your comments, complaints, criticisms and, of course, lavish praise.

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Segment 1

Part 1 features former blogger and current G&M Leafs beat writer James Mirtle. Topics include new Habs GM Marc Bergervin, potential Luongo destinations, the Phoenix situation and how the playoffs are shaping up.

Segment 2

Corey Pronman is guest #2. He shares his approach to scouting, including what qualities and stats he values. What the Oilers should do with the first overall pick is discussed, as well as the potential for some trades near the top of the draft this June.

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A podcast aimed at investigating advanced stats in hockey.
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#1 Jared Lunsford
May 10 2012, 04:39PM
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derp derp?

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#2 Corey S.
May 10 2012, 05:42PM
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I like the Tortorella soundbite in the intro.

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#3 Derek Zona
May 10 2012, 08:24PM
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Love the intro fellas.

Really great segment with Pronman.

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#4 Phil S
May 11 2012, 07:31AM
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Great site guys. The list of contributors sounds fantastic. Big #fancystats fan.

A few questions/suggestions:

1 - Are the podcasts available on iTunes? I know that the old NHL Numbers pods used to be available as part of the OilersNation pods, but I don't see this new one listed under OilersNation and a quick search did not lead to a new stand alone NHL Numbers pod.

2 - Gabe's site is a great resource for looking up stats, but the formatting and search functionality can be a bit tough to get through at times and I'd imagine especially so for a newbie. Any chance of getting the entirety of Behind The Net stats pushed out here, but in a far better, easier to consume format/layout?

3 - So much of what the advanced stat community does is to design ways to measure things BY PROXY (like using corsi for possession, or zone starts for location). Certainly, these stats do a good job of approximating what we're trying to measure. However, the data could be even better - if we could just track player movement precisely through the course of a game. Just wondering if any of the more connected types here have suggested to the NHL that they create a hockey version of FieldFX (baseball) or Trakus (horse racing) which allow for constant and exact tracking of player location/movement at all times during a game? Whether the NHL chose to do it through camera work or microchips (how Trakus works), either would be huge from a quality/quantity of date standpoint. I'm sure there are many dinosaurs at the NHL that might be against this kind of granular data collection, but that John Collins guy (NHL COO) who came from NFL and developed 24/7 seems like he might be far more receptive to new ideas. Just a suggestion but if any of the media types who actually have a bit more access could get a word with him and suggest it, I think he might actually consider it, especially if it could be shown how much more revenue that baseball's MLBAM (baseball's advanced media section) brings in from their embrace of forward thinking tech.

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#5 Kent Wilson
May 11 2012, 08:57AM
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@Phil S

All good questions. I'll say "probably" to the first two and I've heard rumors that the automated player tracking thing might indeed be a reality in the future.

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