The PTSE Role Of Analytics Panel 2013- As Told By Twitter

I'm sure glad that the Wild's decision makers aren't stuck in the 1970's the way the Leafs brass seemingly is. - Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Today, Prime Time Sports & Entertainment held a "Role Of Analytics" panel debate in Toronto which featured a somewhat controversial line-up (more on that later) and basically unfolded in real time in my Twitter feed, so here is the story of what happened re-told through the best Tweets of the day...

Before the panel began, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night In Canada made the Wild the main focus of his "30 Thoughts" article. He talked about how the Wild have accepted advanced statistics and suggests that they used their statistical knowledge to make such an unprecedented switch from an unsuccessful dump & chase team into a possession-dominant machine. You should definitely read the article:

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As I mentioned earlier, some of the panel choices were pretty controversial. Check out the line-up and some reactions:

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Gord Miller of TSN, who was already coming under fire during the day for some Tweets regarding his views on stats, began the conference with this:

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Here's one of Miller's Tweets from earlier in the day along with some good responses:

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Interesting quote from the Jets GM, along with some reactions:

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Player agent, Pat Morris, had some interesting things to say:

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Weirdly, Ondrej Pavalec's agent, Allan Walsh, came out in support of stats via his Twitter feed, much to the surprise of many commentators:

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Then, Leafs GM, Dave Nonis, predictably, stole the show:

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A very good point from the panel moderator:

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In terms of reactions to the panel on Twitter, there was some good stuff about the "Watching the games vs Looking at stats" debate, including a valuable input from TSN's Scott Culen:


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Also, some good 'ol +/- bashing:

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So, make of all that what you will. For me, it's interesting to see this stuff being discussed by everyone from current GMs and ex-players to the mainstream media and bloggers. Acceptance of more statistical analysis in hockey is growing and appears to be gaining momentum. I'm glad the Wild have accepted this and aren't trying to fight it the way the Leafs are. Hopefully it can give the Wild a competitive edge and leads to a Cup within the next few years.

To summarise: Fletcher/Yeo > Nonis/Carlyle

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