I’ve posted links to a lot of articles here debating and discussing the merits of various “advanced stats” (nothing is remotely advanced about counting shot attempts, mind you) in hockey. If you’re new to the terms and methods being tossed around, David Johnson of Hockey Analysis posted a great primer on hockey analytics over at Maple Leafs Hot Stove. There is a lot of exciting work being done in this field.
The Edmonton Oilers hired Tyler Dellow, one of the most respected writers in the field of hockey analytics, as a hockey operations consultant yesterday. The move continues what many see as a paradigm shift in hockey as teams complement their front offices with statistical gurus. We saw the Toronto Maple Leafs make a similar move in hiring Kyle Dubas as assistant general manager earlier in the offseason. Katie Strang of ESPN has more on that story.
Larry Brooks of the New York Post first reported former Toronto Maple Leafs assistant general manager Claude Loiselle was about to become the National Hockey League’s newest director of player safety. The NHL has yet to make a formal announcement, but Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports took a look at the implications such a hiring would make. As long as Loiselle isn’t in charge of any kind of salary cap while he’s there, he should be all right.
The Canadian Men’s Junior Team held their first exhibition game of the summer orientation camp, beating the Czech Republic 6-2. This profile from Neate Sager of Yahoo! Sports is about Senators prospect Nick Paul, but he also mentions the positive impact linemate Frederik Gauthier, the Leafs’ 2013 first-round pick, had on the game.