DIGGING DEEPER INTO By Michael Bradley THE ICE When Kyle Dubas surveys the impact of advanced metrics on the NHL, he uses a term that can’t possibly make the rest the league happy. “Hockey is in the primitive stages of analytics,” Dubas says, amplifying how new the process is. “We’re trying to figure out what we’re looking at.” As baseball teams spend more and more money hiring people who look to be better suited for work as cast members of The Big Bang Theory than traditional baseball stadium lifers for evaluating talent, and NBA squads are turning to deeper statistical information as a means of determining the composition of their rosters, the NHL is just beginning to consider the world beyond time-honored methods of figuring out who can play and who can’t. It’s a little simplistic to imagine the leagues execs as cave dwellers, when compared to their brethren on the diamonds and courts, but the process is most definitely in its infancy and is Advanced metrics is uncovering new ways to analyze the game.
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