According to its inaugural addition, Rob Vollman’s Hockey Abstract projects the Ottawa Senators to have a 32.2-percent chance of winning the President’s Trophy for the upcoming 2013/14 season – the highest projected odds in the NHL.
When Eugene Melnyk told Bryan Murray to do whatever it takes at the eleventh hour to bring Alfie back into the fold, perhaps Murray should have asked Vollman to make a pitch to the former captain instead.
As much as I would love to use this opportunity to crack on Alfredsson’s decision to join the Red Wings because himself a better chance to win the Stanley Cup (you know, assuming you took Alfie’s reasoning at face value), but Detroit actually finished second behind the Senators in Abstract’s projected standings.
As an aside, I’ll be writing a full fleshed out review in the coming weeks but, this is just going to be a cursory post about a section of Vollman’s work that Senators fans should be made aware of.
If you’re a hockey fan who even has a remote interest in some hockey numbers and the emerging sabermetric developments taking place in the game, go buy the book. It’s well worth your time. And even if you’re not numbers-oriented, I’d still recommend it because it explains the metrics and how statistics can be misapplied and should never be applied wholly used to explicate a situation or a player. Context is massive part of the evaluation process in hockey and it does explain how statistics should never be the be-all and end-all.
What Vollman does well is provide great statistical backstory and compelling points of discussion while sparing readers from the condescending tone that non-statheads loathe. At its best, this book helps bridge the gap between the statgeeks and traditional hockey fans and creates an enlightening experience which hopefully leads to more engaging hockey conversations and debate.
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