Friday, February 20, 2015

The Corsi argument is over: NHL.com adds analytics to their stats page

Kyle Dubas giving a speech to the MLSE board
Adapt or Die

Those words were uttered by Brad Pitt's reincarnation of Billy Beane in the 2011 film Moneyball, based on Michael Lewis' 2003 novel of the same name. The book examined Oakland's on-the-fly inclusion of analytics in their talent evaluation, and how they used non-traditional techniques to improve their club. After the book's release, teams started embracing the same philosophies pioneered in Oakland, and advanced stats became mainstream. 

Now, a decade later, hockey is on its way. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Here's to Olli Jokinen killing it as a Maple Leaf

"Welcome to the Jungle"
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The Toronto Maple Leafs made big news Sunday by trading defenceman Cody Franson and forward Mike Santorelli to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a first round pick, prospect Brendan Leipsic, and veteran forward Olli Jokinen. 

If you want to hear my verbal thoughts on the trade, listen to the first 8:39 of the latest episode of The Hockey Guys Podcast (which I co-host, with Chris Shannon), that you can download on iTunes. Yeah, that'd be great. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Marshawn Lynch doesn't owe you anything



Much has been made over Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch refusing to give proper answers to the media over the past few years. On Super Bowl media day last Tuesday, Lynch sat at his podium in front of an estimated 200 reporters with a maddening method.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Maple Leafs can't let toxic environment dictate process



About three years ago, the Toronto Maple Leafs fired head coach Ron Wilson after what was coined by former general manager Brian Burke as "An 18-wheeler going right off a cliff"; in the midst of that madness, I wrote this piece -- which is still the most viewed column in Feels Like '93's history -- and considered it the lowest point in my time following the hockey club. 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Brandon Prust on 100 career points, fighting, and reaching veteran status in the NHL (Feels Like '93 exclusive)

Undrafted in junior to NHL vet, it's been a long road for Habs forward Brandon Prust
(Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

It's been a month of milestones for Brandon Prust, who played his 400th game on December 12th against the Los Angeles Kings, then recorded his 100th point on a goal Saturday night against the Ottawa Senators. Only, when he scored, it was the second time that Prust celebrated.