Steering advanced regression tools towards modern hockey thought

Eric T.
June 12 2013 12:20PM

Tyler Dellow recently observed that hockey analysis is encountering a problem that has been a significant issue for analysts in other sports.

In short, the community does not get as much out of people with expert technical knowledge about statistical analysis as it could because those people are often unaware of much excellent work that has been published on blogs and therefore direct their high-powered tools towards outdated problems.

Yesterday on Twitter, an academic paper ("Estimating player contribution in hockey with regularized logistic regression") made the rounds and received some criticism. I have emailed the authors to make suggestions in the hopes of helping get them up to speed on what is already known so that their future analyses can do more to advance the community.

The text of that email is below.

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Nation Network 2013 Mock Draft: Picks 1-10

Jonathan Willis
June 12 2013 08:29AM

Photo: Alaney2k/Wikimedia

Mock drafts are popular this time of year, and we’ve decided to do something a little different at the Nation this summer. Instead of presenting our picks, we’ll show consensus rankings and offer up scouting reports, than ask our readers to vote on the order they would select those players in.

We start with the top-10 selections.

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The Friends with Numbers Podcast: Stanley Cup Final Preview

Dimitri Filipovic
June 11 2013 12:12PM


With the two respective Conference Finals in the books, we try to make sense of what happened. How were the Bruins and Blackhawks able to win? Did the matchups live up to the hype? And what do we expect to take place in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final?

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We would love to hear from you, the listener, for suggestions on future topics of discussion. Rather than us just being in our own little world, we'd like to make this as interactive a show as possible. Feel free to tweet at either  Dimitri  or  Cam .

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Compliance Buyout Candidates: Eastern Conference

June 04 2013 12:27PM


Pic via Bridget Samuels

This summer, I think compliance buyouts will be more focused on guys who can't play anymore and guys who just suck. I believe we'll see the "skill" guys bought out next year, when a decision absolutely has to be made one way or another. Guys like Lecavalier, Richards and Bourque will likely be given this season to prove one way or another if they're worth their contracts. That's just the way I feel about it - if it were up to me, most of those type of contracts would've never been signed.

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Compliance Buyout Candidates: Western Conference

May 31 2013 02:48PM

Dany Heatley

Pic via Brett Stewart

This season's NHL lockout resulted in a few interesting wrinkles when it comes to cap compliance - one of those is the compliance buyout. Every team (except NYR and MTL, who have both used one buyout) has two compliance buyouts they can use during the buyout periods over the next two summers. This year, I've identified a few players in each conference who might be subject to such buyout parameters. These buyouts don't count against the salary cap, unlike regular buyouts. 

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