Asking the Right Questions - Content Before Style

Kent Wilson
July 13 2012 12:19PM



(This series was originally published at FlamesNation)

In previous entries in this series, we've discussed how GM's and coaches can fall victim to certain fallacies that result in bad decision paths. In part one, we looked at mistaking correlation for causation in small sample sizes and fabricating narratives to explain randomness. In part two, the topic was overly weighting the effect of vague, unquantifiable factors in players and teams. 

I want to expand on that latter point this time around to cover how player categorization plus qualitative scouting reports can lead folks sometimes to value style over content.

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More on the advantages of puck possession over dump and chase

Eric T.
July 11 2012 10:12AM



A few days ago, I presented some of what we were able to learn from Geoff Detweiler's data tracking the Flyers' zone entries in 2011-12. One of the things I noted is that carrying the puck into the offensive zone generates a lot more offense than dumping the puck in.

In this article, I'll follow that observation up by answering some of the questions that a lot of people have asked and showing a little more about what we found.

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Teddy Purcell re-signs with the Tampa Bay Lightning

Jonathan Willis
July 10 2012 09:49AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that they had reached an agreement on a contract extension with right wing Teddy Purcell. The 26-year old set career highs in all offensive categories for the second consecutive season, and starting in 2013-14 will be paid an average of $4.5 million/season.

What sort of value does that contract offer?

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How important is neutral zone play?

Eric T.
July 09 2012 11:48AM



A couple of weeks ago, I laid out an overview of Broad Street Hockey's zone entry project. I described some of the cool things we've found and called for readers to join the project, but I didn't yet show any of the data to support my claims.

This article will be step one in that journey; we'll delve into just how much of a team's results are determined in the neutral zone.

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Nation Radio - July 7, 2012

July 08 2012 10:59AM



With summer weather finally arriving on the ol' dusty plains here in Alberta, a lot of folks thoughts are probably turning to backyard barbecues and water parks and picnics and pin wheels and county fairs and whatever else folks associate with summer vacation.

Not us here at the Nation though. Our hearts and minds stay rooted at the rink - or, as it were, in spreadsheets, internet squabbles over player contracts and twitter flame wars.

This week, Lowetide snubbed the the inviting sun and instead talked contracts, drafts and free agency with a gaggle of guests including Jason Strudwick, Andrey Osadchenko and Jonathan Willis.

This is Nation Radio.

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