MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference: NHL & analytics

MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference: NHL & analytics
March 14, 2014, 1:45 am
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With the wave of advanced stats sweeping sports, the NHL seems to have been slow to catch on.

Bob Neumeier talked with Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney at the recent MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

Sweeney says advance analytics is emerging in hockey, but there's a lot to the sport you can't measure.

"In baseball, there's repetitive things. In hockey, there's a lot more intangibles," Sweeney said.

In other words, how do you measure grit?

"You know where all the goals are scored from," Sweeneey said. "In the National Hockey League, players that have the ability to go in and dare to perform in those areas are valuable to your team. But you're not going to find a statistic that measures that. That comes from a sight test."

The field of advanced stats in the NHL is really in its infancy.

"There's a reason Patrice Bergeron shows up in everybody's metrices," Sweeney said. "There's a tangible, measurable component to it."

To see more interviews from the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, click here.