There’s been some great work done in baseball on taking an analytical look at the Hall of Fame. Baseball sabermetrician Jay Jaffe invented a metric called JAWS that is an estimation of a baseball player’s Hall of Fame worthiness. JAWS takes a player’s peak years and overall career and averages the two. The idea is to balance the two things that are considered when evaluating a player for Hall of Fame induction: his career longevity and his greatness in his prime. I’ve created HOF+ to take a look at hockey players and their worthiness for Hockey Hall of Fame induction. It’s my attempt at taking an analytical look at what it takes to get into the Hall of Fame so I can try to identify which of today’s stars we can expect to show up in the Hall and some players who may have been overlooked in the past, but are worthy of enshrinement.
Player turned analyst Jeff O’Neill caused a stir this week with a jab at corsi, one of the new-fangled hockey statistics: Read more
You’ve seen Moneyball. You’re thinking “do they have that for hockey?” They sure do!
It’s a different sport and it’s much harder to track the kind of stats that can be tracked in baseball, but advanced – or fancy – stats is a growing phenomenon in hockey, as fans and teams alike look for more ways to evaluate players beyond the traditional numbers we’re used to seeing in the box score. Read more