Advanced Stats Just Starting To Catch On

It's been a long time coming, but the Moneypuck revolution is here. NHL teams are finally cottoning on to what is becoming a very useful set of tools for evaluating player performances. As James Mirtle at the Globe and Mail explains:

Desjardins's work at behindthenet.ca has gained a large following in the past several years, but NHL teams have only recently begun to reach out to him for help. At a cost of up to $200 an hour, he now dedicates roughly eight hours a week during the season to the endeavour.

There is also a related story published about why NHL teams have been so slow to come to this point, which I would also highly recommend reading.

Much more after the jump.

Leafs Links:

Sabres 2 Leafs 1: Strong Showing
Over at The Leafs Nation, Chemmy tells us that he enjoyed what he saw in last night's game.

Leafs Officially Unveil New 3rd Jersey
Jeffler has a photo with Wendel, Schenn and Sittler. Wow. I want one of those jerseys.

No seventh heaven for Leafs
Wilson also dismissed any suggestion Komisarek has to worry about a job. "He's going to fit in on one of the pairs if he keeps playing the way he has," the coach said. From David Shoalts.

Late goal gives Sabres win over Leafs
Recap from the CP at the Globe.

Other Hockey Links:

In NHL, subtle forms of racism linger
At the Globe, David Shoalts notes that it has been an issue in the league for a long time.

Recap: Wings 4, Flyers 3 (SO) and a Banana Update
This is a recap and a bunch of notes I made on the development of some Philly players for Travis Hughes at BSH. I think it's worthwhile noting, however, that there were in fact two banana throwers at that game. I have proof!

A New Concept Of Justice?
Mislav Jantoljak wonders aloud (atype?) how Shanahan is going to change the position of league disciplinarian.

Hey look, the Canucks have found another CBA loophole
Well I'll be darned. I wouldn't have thought of that. From Harrison Mooney at PD.

Preventing Zone Entry On The Penalty Kill, Part 1
There's a right way to slow down a power play on entry and a wrong way. At the Copper & Blue, dawgbone98 has a great post up. Definitely worth checking out.

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