Embracing the ambiguity in hockey analysis

Person 1: “Cody Ceci is bad. He shouldn’t even be in the NHL.”
Person 2: “I don’t know. I mean, maybe you’re right. He has been on some really poor Sens teams though.”
Person 1: “Nope, he’s terrible. The numbers say he’s always been getting crushed in shot-attempt share, and he’s 26 now. He is what he is, a sub-replacement-level.”
Person 2: “It’ll be interesting to see if he can turn it around in a different role in Toronto. He’s not a bad skater and offensive skills seem okay. They must see something in him.”
Person 1: “Yeah, no.”
I’ll admit I’m being a bit of an ass in my portrayal of a hockey argument here, but this is more or less the type of conversation that happens almost-daily on social channels and it obviously isn’t limited to the NHL. But hockey is what we’re going to focus on, because this is a hockey site.
People pay lip service to the idea that there is no real “analytics vs eye test” war still ongoing, and that’s probably mostly true. But I do think it’s taken on a different form, and one thing …

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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation

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