Radio and TV

Welcome to Rob Vollman's Audio and Video Archive!

Since his first guest appearances on Nashville Predators radio in the summer of 2011 and throughout the subsequent season, Rob has made almost 250 radio and TV appearances (through the end of 2015) on over 40 stations and podcasts covering 18 NHL cities. 

Most notably, Rob has appeared on Hockey Night in Canada, Sportsnet Hockey Central, TSN's That's Hockey, ESPN's Sportscenter and Hockey Today, CBC Radio, Wharton Business Radio, and as a conference speaker in six NHL cities.

Bookmark this page to stay up to date on all of Rob's recent TV and radio appearances, and/or tune in to his weekly segment on Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960, or his regular appearances on Boston NESN TV, Edmonton TSN 1260, and Capitals Voice play-by-play.


NHL Game Day
November 25, 2016
Clip not available

Rob Vollman joins Steve Kouleas on NHL Game Day on Sirius XM to talk about Brent Burns new 8-year, $64 million deal with the San Jose Sharks and why it's risky, whether players have started to artificially pad their Corsi numbers and what that would mean, and the New York Rangers offensive success, and why the numbers suggest that it will cool off.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
November 24, 2016

FAN 960


It's Rob's weekly segment with Rob Kerr and Pat Steinberg to talk numbers, and the key topics include Tuukka Rask, who the Flames might face in the coming weekend, and how he has bounced back to previous form. It also includes another look at the Rangers, why shooting percentages tend to regress back to average, and under what circumstances they might not. They also chat about a recent piece by Kevin Allen of USA Today that explored the possibility that players can "game their numbers" by artificially padding their Corsi with bad shots from the ouside.

Edmonton TSN 1260
November 23, 2016
Listen on Soundcloud

Rob Vollman fights off a cold to make his monthly visit with Allan "Lowetide" Mitchell to catch up on the world of hockey analytics. To what extent to we have enough data to reach some conclusions about the Oilers playoff hopes, and those of other teams, like the Kings for the worse and the Rangers for the better?

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
November 17, 2016

FAN 960


Rob joins Rob and Pat to discuss a new way of measuring defensemen based on the career of Nicklas Lidstrom. They also chat about Crosby and how the miracle season he's having might merely be a return to normal after his mediocre seasons under Johnston. At the end, they bring it home with a discussion about Johnny Gaudreau's injury, how it won't have the same impact as injures like Taylor Hall in New Jersey, and could actually turn out to have a silver lining in the long run.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
November 10, 2016

FAN 960


Are the Habs winning the Shea Weber trade? As one of the lone statisticians who pointed out the advantages of this trade to both teams, Rob is happy to explain how and why Weber has helped Montreal get off to a hot start, but why the jury is very much still out on this trade. They also chat about the effectiveness of the Rangers depth lines, and the slow start from Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
November 3, 2016

FAN 960


It's time for the weekly Hockey Abstract segment, and Rob and Pat are eager to discuss Vollman's two latest articles, one about whether or not the Oilers are for real, and the other about players who are off to rather surprising starts this season. 

TSN Hockey Analytics
October 30, 2016
Listen on TSN.

NHL writer and author of "Stat Shot" Rob Volllman joins Andy McNamara to discuss the release of his new book and to break down who the next potential head coach of the Las Vegas expansion team could be.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
October 27, 2016

FAN 960


Kerr and Steinberg welcome Vollman on for his weekly Hockey Abstract segment to discuss former Flame Jay Bouwmeester, and how he has reached the 1,000 game mark with his smart defensive play. They also explore who Las Vegas should hire as their first coach, and quickly touch on other topics like Kris Russell's success in Edmonton so far.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
October 20, 2016

FAN 960


Rob Vollman joins Rob Kerr and Pat Steinberg for his new Thursday guest slot this season. Topics include what resources Rob uses for his number crunching, and what he'll use in the absence of General Fanager, the potentially limited impact of losing Jonathan Quick, how he rates coaches and how he divides each staff into four tiers, and the numbers behind the 500th goal by the great Marian Hossa.

Edmonton TSN 1260
October 20, 2016
Listen on Soundcloud

Rob Vollman joins Allan "Lowetide" Mitchell to talk about how much can be read into Edmonton's hot and high-scoring start, and whether or not the statisticians were mistaken in their grim view of Kris Russell.

Caps Radio 24/7
October 17, 2016
Listen on TuneIn

It's a new season, and John Walton is excited to welcome Rob Vollman back to the show to chat about his new book Stat Shot, and to ask him various questions about the underlying numbers for the Washington Capitals, and whether or not they justify everybody's high hopes for the coming season.

Talking Red Podcast
October 16, 2016

Talking Red

Or Listen at Talking Red (episode 217).

On this weeks episode David and John break down the first week of hockey for the Devils.  David is also joined by Rob Vollman and they talk about his new book Stat Shot.

Boston Bruins on NESN (TV)
October 15, 2016
Clip not available

It's a new season, and Rob Vollman joins Dale Arnold to chat about Brad Marchand's outstanding play, the potential impact of an inexperienced blue line, and what "shot attempt percentage" is, and what Boston's declining numbers might represent.

Nashville 102.5 The Game
October 15, 2016
Listen on SoundCloud

Rob joins Paul McCann and Pete Weber early in the morning for two segments, in order to discuss various aspects of his latest book on hockey analytics, Stat Shot.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
October 13, 2016
Listen on Sportsnet

Rob Vollman from hockeyabstract.com joins The Big Show for his first hit of the new NHL season. Rob runs hockeyabstract.com and writes for NHL.com and discusses some of his preferred websites and tactics when it comes to measuring analytics in the NHL. He also talks about some players that might not be flashy names, but analytics say they’re poised for a big season.

ESPN 1500
October 12, 2016
Listen on ESPN

Matthew Coller and analytics guru Rob Vollman talk about how the Minnesota Wild look against the rest of the Central Division. How does PK Subban change the Predators? Can Winnipeg go worst-to-first?

Marek vs Wyshynski
October 6, 2016
Listen on SoundCloud, or on iTunes

Rob Vollman joins the show to talk about his new book, and a variety of topics in the world of hockey analytics, including why it's called analytics, a new stat idea for goalies, where teams are in their level of adoption, whether players can be summed up in a single stat, and more.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
September 29, 2016

FAN 960


Pat Steinberg is in for Rob Kerr, and brings Rob Vollman on the show to discuss the World Cup, Jacob Trouba, where he should go, and what the return should be, and some interesting stats that can help reveal which players might be poised for a breakout this coming season.

The Scuttlepuck Podcast
September 18, 2016
Listen on iTunes, episode 118

Mike and Pete welcome Rob Vollman back to the show to discuss his new book Stat Shot, the World Cup of Hockey, and to get his take on some big summer moves, including Montreal trading P.K. Subban to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber, and the Edmonton Oilers moving Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson. 

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
September 17, 2016

FAN 960


FAN 960


FAN 960

Or Listen on Sportsnet, part 1, part 2, and part 3.

Rob Kerr of Sportsnet FAN 960 was excited to welcome Rob Vollman onto the show for a special, extended segment to discuss his latest book Stat Shot, which was released the preceding Tuesday. They discuss high-level questions such as how this book came to be and who it is for, dive into specific studies from the book, and some follow-up questions about statistical hockey analysis in general.

Edmonton TSN 1260
September 15, 2016
Listen on Soundcloud, part 1 and part 2.

Stat Shot has hit the shelves, and Allan Mitchell helps Rob launch his new book for the fourth consecutive season. In their two hours together, they cover virtually every aspect of this book, of the Edmonton Oilers, the upcoming season, and the state of hockey analytics in general.

NHL Game Day
September 14, 2016

NHL Game Day


Rob Vollman joins Steve Kouleas and Mitch Kern on NHL Game Day on Sirius XM to talk about hockey analytics, the World Cup, and his new book, Stat Shot.

Winnipeg TSN 1290
September 14, 2016

TSN 1290

Or Listen on SoundCloud

Rick invites Rob Vollman onto the Donvito Roundtable to discuss his new book on hockey analytics entitled "Stat Shot."

The Fourth Line Podcast
September 13, 2016
Listen on SoundCloud, or iTunes, episode 97.

The evening before Stat Shot was released, Carl and Joel welcome author Rob Vollman on to the show to talk a little bit about the book, and the upcoming NHL season. For example, what's the statistical take on Calgary's young trio of Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Sam Bennett?

Hamilton AM 900 CHML
September 7, 2016
 
Scott Radley welcome Rob Vollman back on to the show to discuss his new book Stat Shot and to get an update on the current state of hockey analytics. Where are teams with the adoption of this new perspective, how has it helped, and what are some of its limitations?

Top Shelf Podcast
September 3, 2016
Listen on SoundCloud

The NHL desk from USA TODAY Sports - Kevin Allen, Jimmy Hascup and Peter Barzilai - talks all things hockey. We'll discuss league issues and interview players, coaches and executives. As hockey analytics enter the mainstream, Rob Vollman joins Top Shelf podcast to break it all down.

Nashville 102.5 The Game
July 19, 2016
Listen on SoundCloud

George and Willy welcome Rob Vollman on to the show to explain why the statisticians believe that acquiring P.K. Subban is expected to be a real difference-maker for the Nashville Predators, and why they're not as keen on Shea Weber. This involves a little bit of a primer on the applications and the limitations of modern hockey analytics, and where it might go from here.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
July 18, 2016
Clip Not Available

Derek Wills is filling in, and has Rob Vollman on the show to discuss a recent Hockey News article where former Montreal Canadiens analytics consultant Matt Pfeffer described Shea Weber as an average player. They stray into other topics, including the Taylor Hall trade, and how Rob has given the Calgary Flames a thumbs up for this summer, but the main discussion is Weber.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
July 13, 2016
Clip Not Available

Pat Steinberg is in for Rob Kerr, and has Rob Vollman on the show for his weekly segment to discuss free agency, including the top value free agent signings of the summer, Brian Campbell, Michael Grabner, Chad Johnson, PA Parenteau, and Teddy Purcell, based on the numbers. They go on to discuss other recent signings, like Justin Schultz, Shane Doan, and Victor Rask, and who else might still be on the board that can make a difference.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
July 7, 2016

FAN 960


The first week of free agent season is in the books, and Rob Kerr is eager to get Rob Vollman's reactions to all the major deals, and some of the trends.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
June 29, 2016
Clip Not Available

It was a huge day in the NHL, with the Steven Stamkos extension, Taylor Hall being traded for Adam Larsson, and P.K. Subban being swapped for Shea Weber. What a perfect day to have Rob Vollman in the studio, for a longer segment! Beyond these topics, they also discuss what to expect on July 1, when the free agent frenzy kicks off.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
June 22, 2016
Listen on Sportsnet

Rob Vollman of Hockey Abstract joins Rob Kerr for his weekly spot on The Big Show. There was plenty for the two to discuss on a busy day in the NHL, with the expansion announcement and the Awards later in the evening.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
June 15, 2016

FAN 960


The season is complete, and Rob Kerr gives Rob Vollman one last opportunity to brag about his success in predicting 13 of the 15 playoff series this year. Moving on, the two take the time to discuss Gordie Howe's place among the greatest hockey players in history, where the Penguins rank among recent Stanley Cup champs, whether Phil Kessel should have won the Conn Smythe, and Joe Thornton's great performance since mid-December. 

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
June 8, 2016

FAN 960


Topics for this week include a quick look at the Stanley Cup Final between the San Jose Sharks and the Pittsburgh Penguins, and a deeper look at Team USA's World Cup roster, and the significance of leaving out high-scoring players like Phil Kessel or Justin Faulk. 

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
June 1, 2016

FAN 960


After some quick congratulations about his outstanding predictions so far this postseason (12 for 14), Rob Kerr and Rob Vollman discuss Pittsburgh's tremendous success at getting the pucks on net, and how that might lead to some copycat teams next season. Then, they go through each of the four Conference Finalists to figure out which ones might be back in the final four next season. 

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
May 25, 2016
Listen on Sportsnet.

Pat Steinberg is the host this week, and he welcome Rob Vollman to weigh in on the McDavid-vs-Panarin debate for the Calder trophy. With the remaining time, they dive into the playoffs to take a closer look at the Sharks, and what they've done to reach the Final for the first time.

Nashville 102.5 The Game
May 18, 2016

102.5 The Game


Pete Weber welcomes Rob Vollman on to the show to discuss the Nashville Predators season from a statistical perspective. What went right and what can be improved was discussed, along with a look at Nashville's relative lack of good fortune this season.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
May 18, 2016

FAN 960


Rob Vollman may have drawn some fire with a recent article for ESPN that explores the wisdom of shopping Alexander Ovechkin. Other topics include some interesting stats about the four Conference finalists, and a look at Prospect Cohort Success and some of the other metrics that are useful for the NHL Draft.

NHL Network
May 13, 2016
Clip not available

It's Rob's second third appearance on Sirius XM, his second on the NHL network, and his first with Scott Laughlin and Boomer Gordon. All the talk is about the Eastern Conference Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Tampa Bay Lightning, and how all the numbers break down.

Edmonton TSN 1260
May 13, 2016
Listen on TSN's website (go to about 25 minutes in)

It's been a while since Allan "Lowetide" Mitchell has had Rob Vollman on the show, and so they get right to business chatting about the playoffs, and who is the best of the final four, and why. They talk possession, depth, and several other factors that could come into play. At the top of the guest spot, they also talk about rumoured discussion between the Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes in a deal involving Justin Faulk and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
May 11, 2016

FAN 960


Once again, the show begins with Rob Vollman bragging about his playoff predictions, which were 8 for 10 at the time (and now 10 for 12). The topic then flows into coaching, whether it's Bruce Boudreau in Minnesota, Guy Boucher in Ottawa, or whoever the Calgary Flames might sign. They also discuss Tampa Bay's deadly top line of Nikita Kucherov, Tyler Johnson, and Alex Killorn.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
May 4, 2016

FAN 960


This week's topics include the recent firing of coach Bob Hartley and where Bruce Boudreau ranks among options to replace him, what the Leafs can expect from Auston Mathews in year one (assuming they draft him), and a closer look at the Vezina race, and why Cory Schneider might have been overlooked.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
April 27, 2016
Clip not available

The playoffs are well underway and the show begins with some quick congratulations that Rob's predictions are 6 for 7 so far, with a quick reminder of how he predicted last year's Stanley Cup Final before the playoffs began, and how maybe that's more important than whether or not he pronounced Matt Carle's name correctly. With that out of the way, they get down to business, discussing the possibility of a 26-year-old John Chayka becoming the new GM of the Arizona Coyotes, why the Penguins are the great Stanley Cup threat this year, and what the Crosby-vs-Ovechkin debate looks like today.

Battle of Ontario
April 22, 2016
Listen to Episode 4 on SoundCloud

In Episode 4 of the Battle of Ontario, Alec and Callum talk playoffs, playoffs and more playoffs with Micah McCurdy of Hockey Viz and Rob Vollman of Hockey Abstract, ESPN and NHL.com. We couldn’t go a full episode without at least a little Leafs talk, which we get into near the end of the episode with Rob.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
April 20, 2016
Listen on Sportsnet

Rob Vollman of Hockey Abstract joined Rob Kerr on The Big Show to talk about his new book. They also take a look at face-offs from an analytic view, and the value of experience in the playoffs.

Dox n Jox
April 15, 2016
Listen on the Dox n Jox website

It's Rob's fourth appearance on Dox n Jox, and they're talking about the NHL playoffs, and how statistics can be used to help predict the winner.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
April 13, 2016

FAN 960


Mere moments before the start of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Rob Kerr welcomes Rob Vollman for the weekly Hockey Abstract segment to provide his super-quick statistical perspective on each series, including one interesting stat for each of the eight cases. 

Nashville 104.5 The Zone
April 13, 2016

104.5 The Zone


Rob Vollman joins Mark Howard and Kevin Ingram on the Wake Up Zone, WGFX 104.5 FM to discuss the series between the Nashville Predators and the Anaheim Ducks from a hockey analytics perspective. Both teams are moving in the same direction with puck possession, and are roughly equal in nets, but the Ducks may have a meaningful edge on special teams. They close with a discussion of some popular team and player statistics, and how they might help gain some insight into what's happening in this opening round matchup.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
April 6, 2016

FAN 960


It's the final week of the regular season, and Rob Kerr and Rob Vollman discuss who were the most and least effective trade deadline acquisitions, including James Reimer, Jamie McGinn and Daniel Winnik in the former, and Roman Polak, Nick Spaling, and Eric Staal in the latter. Then, they re-visit a topic from last year and recap the relative non-importance of momentum going into the playoffs, and then close with a discussion about the Florida Panthers. 

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
March 30, 2016
Clip not available

Rob Vollman is live on location for his weekly Hockey Abstract segment with Rob Kerr. Most of the time is used to discuss the Norris trophy race, and which defensemen have the advantage according to a variety of statistical perspectives. They close with a look at the three close races for the top divisional seeds.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
March 23, 2016

FAN 960


Pat Steinberg is in for Rob Kerr and asks Rob Vollman about San Jose's chances of winning the Stanley Cup, and how much recognition Brent Burns should get in the Norris race. Other topics include the Detroit-Philadelphia race for the final Eastern Conference wild card, whether bad luck was as big a factor in Ottawa's mediocrity this year at owner Eugene Melnyk thinks, and which teams actually have been stung by luck this year. 

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
March 16, 2016

FAN 960


It's time for the weekly Hockey Abstract segment, and this week's statistical takes looks at proposed changes to the goalie equipment, Jumbo Joe Thornton's great season, whether or not the Boston Bruins are a legitimate Stanley Cup threat, and how coach Mike Sullivan helped turn around Sidney Crosby's season.

Cheaters Never Win Podcast
March 10, 2016

It's Rob Vollman's third appearance on the Cheaters Never Win podcast, with the folks in Section 328 in Carolina. They discuss the impact of having an analytics expert like Eric Tulsky on staff, the Carolina blue line, and who the Hurricanes might want to pursue this summer.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
March 9, 2016

FAN 960


On this week's Hockey Abstract segment, Rob Kerr and Rob Vollman compare and contrast their "Space Jam" team. Named after the 1996 Bugs Bunny film, Rob has to pick five players and a goalie to defend the planet Earth from invading aliens in a single, winner-take-all hockey game. After their animated discussion (bad pun intended), they quickly review Rob's recent piece comparing Jagr's scoring totals to Howe's, as well as a few other upcoming articles on the Ducks, Sidney Crosby, and the top Cup contenders coming out of the trade deadline.

Capitals 24/7
March 4, 2016

Capitals Voice

John Walton is in the afternoon drive a few weeks into the brand new Capitals 24/7 radio show, and welcome Rob Vollman back on a guest. They discuss how the Washington Capitals compare statistically to dominant teams of the recent past (including the 2009-10 iteration of the Capitals), and break down the other top threats for the Stanley Cup.  

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
March 3, 2016
Clip not available

Rob Vollman joins Rob Kerr for one last run-down of the NHL trade deadline. Kris Russell's place in Dallas is one of the primary focuses, including in what role he'll be most successful, and what other players might have been a better fit. James Reimer, Mark Fayne, and a few remaining Maple Leafs are also discussed.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
February 24, 2016

FAN 960


The trade deadline is five days away, and Rob Kerr and Rob Vollman discuss some of the more prominent players that could be available, including Andrew Ladd, Jonathan Drouin, and Jiri Hudler. Last year, there was a run on defensemen, and the same thing could happen this season, too.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
February 18, 2016

FAN 960


The Minnesota Wild are the topic of today's segment, and what they might do at the trade deadline. Rob Kerr and Rob Vollman discuss the recent coaching change, where the Wild are in terms of their adoption of hockey analytics, and what would have happened if the Wild had continued losing, and entered sell mode.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
February 10, 2016
Listen on Sportsnet.

Dion Phaneuf was part of a blockbuster deal, and Rob Vollman adds some perspective by discussing the statistical ways that the burden of his enormous contract can be measured, and the sheer difficulty of Phaneuf's assignment prior to this season. Other topics include speculation that the Minnesota Wild might be the best destination for Boston's Loui Eriksson, and an examination of how statistics helped predict Dylan Larkin's scoring rate this season.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
February 3, 2016

FAN 960


Dennis Wideman's suspension has been set at 20 games, and Rob Kerr asks Rob Vollman for his reaction. Other topics include Connor McDavid, what to expect from his return, and what it could mean for the Oilers, and who the Flames might make available at this year's trade deadline.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
January 27, 2016
Clip not available

Petr Mrazek, T.J. Brodie, Nazem Kadri, Leon Draisaitl and Nino Niederreiter are the opening topics for discussion, including the individual statistics that establish each of them as players who should have received more serious consideration for the all-star game. With the remaining time, Rob Vollman quickly breaks down the strength and weaknesses of the four Stanley Cup favorites right now, Washington, Chicago, Dallas, and his own pick, the Los Angeles Kings.

Edmonton TSN 1260
January 27, 2016

Lowdown with Lowetide


Rob Vollman joins Lowetide to discuss Edmonton's blue line, which recently added Adam Clendening off waivers. How many defensemen should a team carry, and which of their current defensemen might be on the move at the trade deadline -- how much value would Justin Schultz have in the open maret? Finally, it is discussed how the impact of injuries be measured can be measured, and where Edmonton ranks League-wide.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
January 20, 2016

FAN 960


It's time for the weekly Hockey Abstract segment, and Kerr and Vollman discuss last week's hockey analytics conference in Ottawa, and the latest in player tracking software, followed by a look at Eric Staal's potential trade destinations and value, and a look at where Henrik Lundqvist ranks among goalies of the past four decades.

TSN Hockey Analytics
January 16, 2016
Listen on SoundWave, or on iTunes.

Andy McNamara and Ian Mendes are broadcasting the TSN Hockey Analytics show live at the Ottawa hockey analytics conference, and was carried on TSN 1200 in Ottawa and TSN 1060 in Toronto. At the 1pm hour, their special guests are Rob Vollman and Tom Awad from Hockey Abstract, who discuss a number of frequently asked questions in the world of hockey analytics, like goaltending, catch-all statistics, shot quality, and coaching metrics. 

Winnipeg TSN 1290
January 15, 2016

TSN 1290


Rick welcome Rob Vollman back on the show to discuss the upcoming hockey analytics conference in Ottawa this week-end, and the latest developments with regards to player tracking

Ottawa TSN 1200 
January 14, 2016

TGOR


The second annual hockey analytics conference is scheduled for this Saturday, January 16 at Carleton University, and J.R. and Steve invited one of the featured panelists Rob Vollman on to the show to discuss what we can expect, and the current state of hockey analytics in general.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
January 13, 2016

FAN 960


The Vezina race is the first topic covered in this week's Hockey Abstract segment - is Holtby the clear front runner, or do the numbers suggest that the race is still neck-and-neck? What statistics can help clear that up? Rob also wrote an article about the 12 most interesting stats of the first half, and a few of them involving the Flames special teams, Justin Faulk, and Barret Jackman are selected for additional discussion.

Talking Red Podcast
January 10, 2016

Talking Red


The theme on this weeks episode is positivity. In the first half hour, David and John give their lists of five things they are happy about this season. In the second half hour, David talks to Rob Vollman from ESPN Insider and Hockey Abstract about the Devils and things around the league.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
January 6, 2016

FAN 960


It's the first Hockey Abstract segment of the calendar year, and discuss some hot and breaking news, including Vincent Lecavalier and Luke Schenn going to the Los Angeles Kings, Mike Richards signing with the Washington Capitals, and Ryan Johansen traded to the Nashville Predators for Seth Jones -- the latter of which was actually predicted two weeks earlier.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
December 30, 2015

FAN 960


For the calendar year's final Hockey Abstract segment, Pat Steinberg is in for Rob Kerr, and starts by asking Rob Vollman where Jarome Iginla ranks among all-time goal scorers, as he approached the 600-goal milestone. Next, they discuss Rob's latest ESPN piece that searched for the disappointing teams most likely to break out in the new year, Anaheim and Winnipeg - Pat also asks about Carolina. Finally, they discuss home plate statistics, and how they can be used with stats like Corsi in order to provide the right perspective.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
December 23, 2015

Ryan Johansen is reportedly on the trade block, so Rob Kerr asks Rob Vollman where he might be the right fit, and what kind of return he might get. Despite technical difficulties, they have brief conversations about Carolina's secret weapon Justin Faulk, and some interesting 2015 calendar year stats Rob found for NHL.com. The segment ended with a passionate discussion about whether Calgary has overvalued grit; whether players like Smid, Engelland and Bollig have had too high a value placed on their intangibles.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
December 16, 2015

FAN 960


Pat Steinberg is in for Rob Kerr, and he has a lot of grown to cover. How are the New Jersey Devils defying expectations, and how good is goalie Cory Schneider? Is Erik Karlsson a legitimate threat to defend his Norris, or is he not strong enough defensively? This summer, I was on the show to explain why Jarret Stoll was a bad free agent signing, and now the Rangers have placed him on waivers (he was claimed by Minnesota) - how did the numbers help see that one coming? On that topic, how did the numbers get it wrong in cases like Alexander Semin, whose NHL career appears to be over, and Mark Fayne, who was sent down to the AHL by the Edmonton Oilers?

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
December 9, 2015

FAN 960


Rob Kerr is starting to worry about his Wednesday guest Rob Vollman, whose last two articles for ESPN and NHL have been about older players defying the odds (Jaromir Jagr and Daniel Sedin). Is he having trouble letting go of his dream? No -- Rob goes into the numbers of just how to predict a player's scoring arc, and how the Sedins are really defying expectations, which leads into a discussion about Vancouver in general. Changing gears, they break down the numbers to discuss just how amazing Patrick Kane's current scoring streak really is, and point out a few current and former Flames who are also among the league's top contributors.

Nashville 102.5 The Game
December 9, 2015 
Clip not available

Willy Daunic is a little worried about Nashville's recent string of losses, despite controlling the play and outshooting opponents on a regular basis. While Rob Vollman was first known as a buzzkill in the days where the Predators spurned possession-based play in order to rely on hot goaltending and capitalizing on opponent's mistakes, now he is the calming voice, reassuring fans that they are in a great place, and still legitimate Stanley Cup contenders. 

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
December 2, 2015
Clip not available

This week's conversation is about Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, and the numbers behind their incredible success in Dallas. This leads to them breaking down the statistics behind Rob Vollman's successful prediction of a third period comeback by the Flames over the Stars, by studying the shot attempts that took place within the home plate area. They close with a discussion about Jaromir Jagr, and some of the amazing, age-defying trivia facts behind his recent numbers.

Edmonton TSN 1260
November 27, 2015

Lowdown with Lowetide

Note: this is the full hour, jump to the 9:15 mark

The Oilers are off to the same disappointing start as last season, and Allan "Lowetide" Mitchell calls on Rob Vollman to take a look behind the numbers to figure out why. Are they fundamentally a better team, just with some bad bounces? Is it reasonable to expect them to improve the rest of the way?

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
November 26, 2015
Clip not available

Rob Kerr is back, and eager to chat about some of the more interesting stats at the quarter mark of the season, like the fact that fights per game are at a historic low, and the Flames have been outscored in the second and third periods by a far wider margin than any other team in the NHL. They also take a close look at the numbers behind five of the most popular suggestions on how to increase NHL scoring, and how much each of them might help.

TSN Hockey Analytics
November 21, 2015

FAN 960

Or listen on iTunes.

Andy McNamara welcomes Rob Vollman back as a guest on the hockey analytics show on TSN. Topics include Rob's new book coming out this year, how to extend the careers of veterans by making their contracts more attractive, the second annual hockey analytics conference in Ottawa on January 16, the history of where the Corsi statistic comes from, and a good look at the Buffalo Sabres.

Nashville 102.5 The Game
November 21, 2015 

The Game


Back where it all began! Rob Vollman goes back on Nashville radio, where he made his first guest spot almost five years ago. It's been almost two years, but Jeremy Gover brings back Rob on a stroll down memory lane to discuss how he got into the hockey analytics, what has changed over the years, and what we might expect going forward.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
November 18, 2015
Clip not available

Pat Steinberg steps in for host Rob Kerr, and asks Rob Vollman about his latest piece about the New York Rangers, and how they might fade back into the pack. They also discuss the future fates of last year's Stanley Cup finalists, Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning, and one of this year's most surprising teams, the Buffalo Sabres. The final topic is on the Calgary Flames themselves, and if this is the regression the statisticians were expecting, or something else entirely.

Edmonton TSN 1260
November 14, 2015
Clip not available

The player usage charts on Hockey Abstract have been updated, and so Allan "Lowetide" Mitchell and his co-host Bruce McCurdy are eager to get Rob Vollman's interpretation of how the Edmonton Oilers players have been deployed so far this season.

The Scuttlepuck Podcast
November 7, 2015
Listen on iTunes, episode 76

Rob Vollman's first appearance on the Scuttlepuck podcast is a long one, where a lot of ground is covered on topics such as player usage, goaltending metrics, and coaching.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
November 4, 2015

FAN 960

Note: The sound is awful in this clip.

The weekly Hockey Abstract segment is back in full swing, and Rob Kerr's question for Rob Vollman this week is what is up with Sidney Crosby's slow start, and how might it effect his swing through Western Canada this week. They also share opinions on what they think of this year's new 3-on-3 overtime rules.

620 WDAE Tampa Bay
November 4, 2015
Listen on the 620 WDAE Website

ESPN NHL Insider Rob Vollman joined Ronnie and TKras Wednesday morning to discuss if the Lightning decide to cut ties with Steven Stamkos, which NHL teams would be able to do a deal and afford Stammer. Yzerman has to consider all options if Bolts can't sign Stamkos.

The Fourth Line Podcast
November 2, 2015
Listen on SoundCloud, or iTunes, episode 52.

The guys chat with Rob Vollman, author of the Hockey Abstract, as he gives them a crash course on advanced statistics in the National Hockey League. They also talk about the news of the week in the NHL, celebrate Jagr’s mullet and Virtanen staying, decide if the Habs can win without Price or if the Dallas Stars are actually a good team and more on this 1st birthday episode!

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
October 28, 2015
Clip not available

Rob Kerr is at Schank's South, where he is joined by Rob Vollman to discuss all the underlying numbers behind the day's top stories. This week's topics include Karri Ramo being placed on waivers, Steven Stamkos and where he might land if he doesn't reach a deal with Tampa Bay, Tortorella replacing Richards as coach of the Blue Jackets and what the future may have in store, and more.

Hockey Prime Time
October 17, 2015
Clip not available, Hockey Prime Time website

It's Hockey Prime Time with Conor McKenna on Sirius XM, welcoming Rob Vollman to the show for the first time.

Dox n Jox
October 9, 2015

Dox n Jox

Or listen on the Dox n Jox website

It's Rob's third appearance on Dox n Jox, and it's time to talk about the brand new NHL season. Dr. Dan and company are most interested in the big story lines this year, including Connor McDavid and whether or not the Chicago Blackhawks are a dynasty that can repeat.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
October 9, 2015

FAN 960


The season is underway and, after some baseball game disruptions, Rob Vollman is back on the air with Rob Kerr. The topics include a look at some of the unsigned veterans who couldn't latch on with NHL teams this summer, but who still have some value, and a look at which teams might be making a return to the playoffs this year, according to the numbers.

Edmonton TSN 1260
October 8, 2015

Lowdown with Lowetide

Note: this is the full hour, jump to the 37:30 mark

It's time for Lowetide's monthly check-in with Rob Vollman to talk about the Oilers and their numbers. They discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the team this year, including the lack of experience in nets, how the loss of Boyd Gordon could affect the penalty kill, and how important that top pairing of Andrej Sekera and Mark Fayne really is. The guest spot ends with some good news, with some positivity that the Oilers could make a big step forward this year.

Talking Red Podcast
October 5, 2015

Talking Red

On this weeks episode David is joined by Tom and they prepare themselves for the regular season.  David also talks to Rob Vollman about the upcoming NHL Season. (Note: Jump to 17:30 for Vollman's segment)

Ottawa TSN 1200 In the Box
October 2, 2015

Steve and Todd are joined by Rob Vollman from Hockey Abstract to talk about the updates for the site, the Sens season last year from an analytics points of view and what to expect this season.

Ice Level Podcast
September 30, 2015

Ice Level

Listen on Sound Cloud.

Jumping in at the 25 minute mark, Rob joins the pre-season show to talk a little bit about his Hockey Abstract series and what it's all about. Topics include an update to the Hall of Fame Inductinator, which leads to a conversation about Paul Kariya, and closes with a conversation about how coaching staffs are rated, about how Michel Therrien came out near the top.

Edmonton TSN 1260
September 29, 2015

Lowdown with Lowetide


Rob Vollman spends a full hour in studio with Allan "Lowetide" Mitchell to preview the upcoming NHL season, with a particular look at the Edmonton Oilers. They also discuss Rob's latest release, which is the Hockey Abstract 2015 Update, including a discussion about the updated Hall of Fame numbers, player usage charts, how to measure players defensively, and what goes into the annual Hockey Abstract Checklist - and why.

Cheaters Never Win Podcast
September 25, 2015

Rob Vollman makes his second appearance on the Cheaters Never Win podcast, put on by the folks in Section 328 in Carolina. The focus is on the coming season, as they examine some of the offseason moves, and the impact that could have on the Hurricanes' fate this year, with a particularly engaging conversation about faceoffs and puck battles.

In This League Fantasy Hockey Podcast
September 23, 2015
Vollman leads an easy-to-understand and focused discussion on how to use modern advanced statistical hockey analysis when playing fantasy hockey. Learn more about Rob’s groundbreaking player usage charts and how they can help you unearth hidden gems on draft day. Look beyond traditional stats to find out which goaltenders are really elite using home plate save percentage. And if you’re wondering about player projections and how all 30 NHL teams will fare this season, look no further than his exclusive team-by-team analysis.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
September 23, 2015

FAN 960


After a quick look at some new stat-gathering technology, Rob dives into another look at coaching, this time looking at the entire staff (not just the head coach) and including results from the minor and junior leagues. The last part of the show is focused on some of the blue line signings lately, including Chicago's cap solution of signing near-retirement veterans at a fantastic discount.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
September 16, 2015

FAN 960


Lots of material was covered in this week's Hockey Abstract segment, including who this year's panel of number-crunchers viewed as being the worst summer signings, and what the common factor may have been, why the Cody Franson signing was such a big deal in the hockey analytics community, and the impact of coaching in the OHL and the WHL. 

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
September 9, 2015

FAN 960


Two topics today, the best summer signings, and the World Cup under-23 team. To address the former topic, Rob Vollman asked a panel of 28 leading hockey analytics minds to evaluate all 44 free agent deals this summer (of $2.0 million or more), as part of an ESPN project. Surprisingly, the number-crunchers approved 66.5 percent of this year's deals - a huge improvement. As for the latter topic, Rob Kerr has bought in to the idea that skaters peak around age 23 or 24, and not 27-28 as he previously thought, but was shocked to learn that goalies are no different. However, Rob Vollman explains that while you're more likely to catch a goalie at his peak at that age, the limited data makes it far less likely that you'll have selected the best ones. 

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
September 2, 2015
Clip not available

Jiri Hudler is the main topic of conversation today. After a hot season where he set new career highs of 31 goals and 76 points, what can we expect for Hudler going forward, and what should the Flames do with him? And, in other news, the Toronto Maple Leafs made yet another analytics hire, and Rob's got a story about him.

Edmonton TSN 1260
August 31, 2015

Lowdown with Lowetide

Clip features the full hour, including Scott Burnside

Allan "Lowetide" Mitchell checks in with Rob Vollman to ask him about the importance of coaching, and how much of an upgrade the Oilers can expect going from Dallas Eakins and Todd Nelson to Todd McLellan this year. Together, they explore the impact the coach can have, whether that can help the team's goaltending issues, and whether that truly was the most positive move of the summer.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
August 26, 2015
Clip not available

After a brief summer break, Rob Kerr and Rob Vollman are back with the weekly Hockey Abstract segment. This week: coaches. Statistically, how big is their impact in the standings, and how accurately can that be measured? Rob is also asked about Mark Giordano's new contract extension, not to mention Christian Ehrhoff's new free agent deal with Los Angeles.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
August 6, 2015
Clip not available

The new Hockey Abstract 2015 Update is out, and Rob Kerr has reserved an entire hour to go through it with author Rob Vollman.

TSN 1050 Toronto
August 3, 2015
Rob Vollman, ESPN Hockey Insider and renowned hockey analytics writer, joined Bill Hayes and Jonas Siegel and gave his opinion on keeping prospects in the minors for a entry-level contractual perspective, the Leafs needing to drastically improve overall from a defensive standpoint and their abysmal special teams statistics, and the true value of a coach and how it can be quantified into a statistical analysis. Vollman mentioned that Mike Babcock coached teams always seem to be a strong possession team and thinks that's one area that the Leafs will be better in this upcoming season.

Edmonton TSN 1260
August 1, 2015

Lowdown with Lowetide

Rob Vollman just released the 2015 update in his Hockey Abstract series, and Lowetide had to be the first to get a look at it. Together, they take a sneak peek at the team-by-team analysis, the updates to the Hall of Fame Inductinator, home plate save percentage, and the other interesting inclusions. The guest spot concludes with a discussion of Connor McDavid, and why Rob compared him to Eric Lindros in a recent ESPN article.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
July 28, 2015
Clip not available

This week's Hockey Abstract segment starts with an interesting chat about Cody Franson, and why he remains an available free agent. The main topic, however, is an exploration of Rob's provocative ESPN piece questioning whether Connor McDavid could be the next Eric Lindros.

Buffalo WGR 550
July 27, 2015

WGR 550

It's hockey analytics week, and Matt Coller and former Buffalo Sabre Andrew Peters invite Rob Vollman on to the show to discuss what metrics he uses to make player evaluations, and to what extent that may have drawn the interest of players, agents, and others within the NHL. As for local topics, Rob explains why Dennis Seidenberg is not the type of player Buffalo should be pursuing to solve its weakness on the blue line, and why Calvin de Haan might be the style of player worth pursuing instead.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
July 23, 2015
Clip not available

Rob Vollman joins Rob Kerr for a full hour of hockey analytics talk. Topics include the breaking news of Lou Lamoriello signing on as the GM in Toronto, and Lance Bouma's rich new three-year deal with the Flames. Also discussed is whether or not Sidney Crosby is the game's best player and, if not, who is? Finally, Sam Ventura of War on Ice was signed on by the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Rob discusses what it was like meeting him at a recent hockey analytics conference.

Winnipeg TSN 1290
July 23, 2015

TSN 1290

Rob Vollman makes his return to Hustler and Lawless to talk about who the best player in the NHL is right now - whether that's Sidney Crosby or someone else. For local content, Rob chimes in on how far the Jets should go to try to retain Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
July 15, 2015

FAN 960

Or Listen on Sportsnet

Rob Vollman wrote a piece on the risk of signing veterans to long-term contracts for ESPN and bam - Anaheim extended Ryan Kesler to a high-priced deal from age 32 through 37. As he breaks down this deal, along with similarly risky deals signed by teams like San Jose and Colorado, there's a great discussion on what happens to a player's performance as he ages. Other topics Rob Kerr was curious about include the Dallas Stars, and where NBA's recent efforts to capture "hustle stats" can translate to hockey. 

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
July 8, 2015

FAN 960

Or Listen on Sportsnet

Vladimir Tarasenko just signed a huge new contract with the St. Louis Blues, so Rob Kerr opened the segment by asking Rob Vollman for the statistical take on that deal. That leads to a discussion about the very different players Buffalo signed to a similar deal, Ryan O'Reilly, and the impact he could have on the Sabres on the whole. Other topics include moneypuck moves and how that relates to Toronto's recent moves, and a look at Martin St. Louis and the Hall of Fame.

Edmonton TSN 1260
July 3, 2015

Lowdown with Lowetide

Edmonton's blue line has gone through some changes - how would Rob Vollman deploy these players? That's the question for whichAllan "Lowetide" Mitchell is curious about the numbers. Who should play with Andrej Sekera on the top line, is Oscar Klefbom ready to anchor the second pairing, should someone like Nikita Nikitin be moved out, and should the Oilers make one more blue line signing? Great conversation!

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
July 2, 2015
Clip not available

It's a full hour of statistical hockey analysis as Rob Vollman joins Rob Kerr to discuss the first 24 hours of the 2015 free agent frenzy. Phil Kessel's potential impact in Pittsburgh, the difference Dougie Hamilton and Michael Frolik can make in Calgary, and which teams are find the most undervalued free agents were all among this week's topics.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
June 24, 2015
Clip not available

Rob Kerr is on the road, making this the first time the Hockey Abstract segment has been previously taped. In this case, the discussion was about the NHL awards prior to the results being announced, and certainly prior to the NHL draft, and the free agency period, which are also discussed.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
June 17, 2015
Clip not available

The Stanley Cup has been awarded to Chicago over Tampa Bay, exactly as Rob predicted on the show prior to the starts of the postseason, so kudos are due. The discussion flows into a look at this year's breakout players, and if there are some common threads that can help front offices identify who to pursue and/or protect as potential breakout candidates next season.

Dox n Jox
June 12, 2015

Dox n Jox

It's Rob's second appearance on Dox n Jox, and it's time to talk about the Stanley Cup finals. This flows into a discussion about where the world of hockey analytics is right now compared to other sports, and the current limitations of the data, and yet how you "can't put the genie back in the bottle" and the adoption of analytics will just continue to grow. On a personal note, Dr. Dan gets to know a little bit about how Rob got his start, including his early interest in baseball.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
June 10, 2015
Clip not available

Overtime is the primary focus of the conversation between Rob Kerr and weekly guest Rob Vollman, as they discuss whether or not checking line players actually have an edge over highly successful overtime snipers like Patrick Kane. Other topics include trade rumours surrounding Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin, and Jeff Petry's new contract in Montreal.

Edmonton TSN 1260
June 10, 2015

Lowdown with Lowetide

Allan "Lowetide" Mitchell and Rob Vollman have a great chat about Connor McDavid's potential first year impact, and a potential offer sheet for Dougie Hamilton. Rob also identifies some alternative defensemen that might be worth pursuing, including the Islanders' Calvin de Haan.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
June 3, 2015

FAN 960

Or Listen on Sportsnet

Rob Vollman of Hockey Abstract joined Rob Kerr on Wednesday afternoon for an analytical look at the 2015 Stanley Cup Final between the Blackhawks and Lightning. Vollman debates whether or not Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are the league’s best duo, and takes a look at how good Patrick Kane is 5-on-5 and from an offensive standpoint.

ESPN Sportscenter
May 29, 2015

Rob Vollman speaks briefly with Cary Chow about the passing of analytics pioneer Tore Purdy, and then says a few words about the current state of hockey analytics.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
May 27, 2015
Clip not available

The Stanley Cup Finals are almost here, and Rob Kerr checks in with Rob Vollman to figure out how much we can read into playoff statistics. This week, they go into the math, and discuss how to calculate random variation, confidence intervals, regression, sample sizes, and all the other terms that have been mentioned over the years. One case study are the blue lines of the four Conference Finalists, how they have an edge over the rest of the league, and how Tampa Bay has an edge in this group.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
May 20, 2015

FAN 960

Pat Steinberg, filling in for Rob Kerr, is excited to talk to Rob Vollman about the teams in the Conference Finals, including whether or not the Rangers have improved offensively, why the Tampa Bay Lightning have struggled possession-wise, and how injuries might be affecting the situation in the West. But first, they discuss the day's big news, which is Toronto signing new head coach Mike Babcock.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
May 13, 2015

FAN 960

It's the final Hockey Abstract segment of Calgary's season, and it's time to look back. Flames GM Brad Treliving's recent comments seem to confirm their belief in possession metrics, and how the team has to move in that direction - can Rob Vollman provide some clues on how to do that, based on successful models like the Chicago Blackhawks? Coaching and building through the draft could be the keys.

Sports Talk 770
May 6, 2015
Clip not available

Mark Stephen and Jock Wilson of Sportstalk 770, CHQR Calgary, welcome Rob Vollman back for the full hour, to talk about how Calgary is performing so far in the NHL playoffs, the top candidates in this year's Jack Adams race, and everything else that comes to mind - Jock even asks him to weigh in on the recent provincial election!

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
May 6, 2015
Clip not available

Bob Hartley has been named among this year's finalists for the Jack Adams trophy, and host Rob Kerr asks Rob Vollman to weigh in, from an analytics perspective. They also examine some of the bold coaching decisions made so far in this postseason, like Hartley's faith in his rookies, Quenneville splitting up Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, and how the trade deadline acquisitions have mostly been in the press box this year, like Anaheim's James Wisniewski.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
April 29, 2015

FAN 960

It's Calgary's second visit to round 2 since winning the Cup in 1989, and they're facing the Anaheim Ducks. This could be a battle of teams that defied the numbers, with the Flames third period heroics, and Anaheim's record-setting 33-1-7 record in one-goal games. The difference with the Ducks and teams like Calgary, last year's Avalanche, or the 2013 Leafs, are that the Ducks are still a decent underlying team even without their results in clutch situations. Calgary's advantage could be their greater discipline - Rob explains a new statistic called Net Penalty Differential to provide more insight. A top player, like Nazem Kadri, Dustin Brown, Darren Helm, or Jeff Skinner can create an extra 20 power plays per season, and the Flames had four players right up there with them, like Dennis Wideman, Kris Russell, T.J. Brodie, and Johnny Gaudreau - this could make a difference, even in a seven-game series.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
April 22, 2015
Clip not available

Rob Vollman joins Rob Kerr in the downtown FAN 960 studio to talk about the playoffs, and the importance of home ice advantage. Officiating, faceoffs, and having the last line change are all among the advantages the home team enjoys, which has had consequences in several of this year's first round matchups.

Dox n Jox
April 17, 2015

Dox n Jox

Rob Vollman makes his debut appearance with Dr. Dan on Dox n Jox sports medicine radio, which airs across Texas and parts of Arizona. The discussion is focused primarily on the growth of hockey analytics, and how it compares to other sports. Injuries and equipment, the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, and other matters are also discussed, including how Rob originally got his start in this field.

Edmonton TSN 1260
April 16, 2015

Lowdown with Lowetide

Rob Vollman is pleased to announce his new book deal at the top of his guest spot with Allan "Lowetide" Mitchell. Then, they get into business and talk about Rob's terribly failed prediction on this show, in November, that the Oilers would earn more points than the Flames the rest of the way. Oops! After a good chuckle, they discuss how things fell apart in Edmonton this season, and compared the Oilers under Dallas Eakins to how they performed under Todd Nelson. This leads to an interesting discussion about the value of possession numbers, along with their limitations. 

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
April 15, 2015

FAN 960

Rob Vollman is live on location with Rob Kerr at Schank's south as the playoffs swing into action. They look back at the pre-season expectations of the experts, and see which teams defied them, and what historically happened to those teams in the playoffs. The segment wraps up with a look at whether or not Sam Bennett should play, and how impressive T.J. Brodie has been this year.

Netcrashers Podcast
April 12, 2015
Listen at Netcrashers, on iTunes (episode 127) or Stitcher radio
 
This week’s episode starts with some big show-related news, talk of the end of the regular season, then Greener, Rey, and Leth dig in to every first round series of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs! Friend of the show Rob Vollman also joins the guys to give his expert opinion.

Capitals Voice
April 11, 2015
Clip unavailable

Rob Vollman is in town for the D.C. Hockey Analytics Conference, and stops by to talk to Ben during the second intermission of the final regular season game of the year, against the New York Rangers. They discuss how the Capitals fared this year relative to the statistical expectations, re-visited the analysis of the blue line with Brooks Orpik and Mike Green, and discuss whether the numbers suggest the notion that Nicklas Backstrom should be in the Selke conversation.

D.C. Hockey Analytics Conference
April 11, 2015

Rob Vollman's presentation at the D.C. Hockey Analytics Conference was all about the history of statistics in both the NHL and the on-line community.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
April 8, 2015

FAN 960

The final Hockey Abstract segment of the regular season, but Calgary's heroic efforts to make the playoffs could mean a few more episodes are still to come. Rob Kerr checks in with Rob Vollman to see what the numbers say are the biggest differences with playoff hockey, who the favourites might be this year, and what the chances are for the Flames to forge a deep path.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
April 1, 2015

FAN 960

It's Wednesday, which means it's time for Rob Kerr to call on Rob Vollman for the weekly Hockey Abstract segment. The first topic is a proposal to change the lottery system to discourage tanking, and the second topic is Alexander Ovechkin's amazing goal-scoring totals and how they rank in history, once adjusted for scoring levels. The final topic is the importance of momentum, and when a team's record in these final 10 games can make a difference in the opening round of the playoffs.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
March 25, 2015

FAN 960

Pat Steinberg is in for Rob Kerr, and he takes advantage of the weekly Hockey Abstract segment to ask Rob Vollman about the playoff races, starting with potentially the most frightening opponent Calgary could face, the Chicago Blackhawks. Detroit/Montreal, Tampa Bay/Ottawa and Winnipeg/Anaheim are also covered before the segment closes with a discussion on the possession monsters in Los Angeles, and why they're currently on the outside looking in. 

Boston Bruins on NESN
March 21, 2015
Watch on YouTube

Rob Vollman joins Dale Arnold to use hockey analytics to examine three topics: a look back at how the defensemen Rob mentioned in the pre-deadline piece have done since they were traded, whether or not Milan Lucic and David Krejci should be reunited (with a look at this year's unusual scoring chance data), and an updated look at each team's possession numbers using data from the NHL's new enhanced stats.

Edmonton TSN 1260
March 20, 2015

Lowdown with Lowetide

Rob Vollman checks in with Allan "Lowetide" Mitchell. Topics include whether the Oilers should re-sign Derek Roy, or  aim bigger, what they need on the blue line, how Jeff Petry is doing in Montreal, and how much Edmonton should invest in goaltending. They also take a moment to talk about Cap Geek founder Matthew Wuest, who passed away recently, and the impact his work had on our favourite sport.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
March 18, 2015
Clip unavailable

Rob Vollman is in studio for this week's edition of Hockey Abstract, and this week the discussion is all about how hockey analytics can help inform coaching decisions. They examine how some of the numbers can cast each player's usage into a new light, along with some examples both up front and on the blue line, and how some new analytics can help measure a coach's overall statistical impact on the team.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
March 11, 2015

FAN 960

Rob Vollman has a new book coming out, and Rob Kerr is anxious to hear about it. The Norris race is the next topic of conversation, a race which was blown wide open with the recent injury to frontrunner Mark Giordano. 

Netcrashers Podcast
March 9, 2015
Listen at Netcrashers, on iTunes (episode 122) or Stitcher radio
 
Rey and Leth are in studio this week to chat about how the NHL’s crop of rookies are doing at this last point in the season. Some new faces have entered the freshman scoring race, and they break it down. Rob Vollman also joins the show to chat about the trade deadline.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
March 4, 2015
Clip unavailable

Rob Vollman is back from his whirlwind day at the Hockey Central studio in Toronto, and Rob Kerr can't wait to catch up and hear about all the trade deadline action behind the scenes. Re-visiting his sound prediction that defensemen would be the big stories this year, they also discuss who the big winners and losers have been over the past week. 

Sportsnet Hockey Central
March 2, 2015
Clip unavailable, watch on Sportsnet

Hockey analytics were added to Sportsnet's trade deadline coverage this year, with Rob Vollman preparing an hourly segment for Damien Cox. Topics included Keith Yandle, Zbynek Michalek, Jeff Petry, Dion Phaneuf, Chris Stewart, Michal Neuvirth, bargain defensemen, and the Habs. 

Boston Bruins on NESN
February 28, 2015
Watch on YouTube

Rob Vollman joins Dale Arnold to take a look at this year's NHL trade deadline, and the types of players Boston should be hunting for. Of particular interest are defensemen, including those to whom the numbers are most kind: Zbynek Michalek, Andrej Sekera, and Jeff Petry.

Edmonton TSN 1260
February 26, 2015

Lowdown with Lowetide

It's the second-last show before trade deadline day, and Allan "Lowetide" Mitchell wants to get Rob Vollman's take on the deals that have been taking place so far, and specifically the hefty returns. What could the Oilers expect for Jeff Petry? 

Hockey Prospectus Radio
February 25, 2015

Hockey Prospectus

Matthew Coller talks with Robert Vollman, Timo Seppa and Tom Awad about the NHL bringing ‘enhanced stats’ to NHL.com. The guys break down some of the shortcomings of the new page and offer some ways to improve. What does it mean long term? They also discuss the deadline. Rob has a joke and Tom also breaks down what stats he likes to use to profile a defenseman.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
February 25, 2015
Clip unavailable

It's a game day, so Rob Kerr's weekly Hockey Abstract segment with Rob Vollman is two hours early. With the trade deadline a few days away, they recap some of the deals that already took place, including a player discussed on the previous show, Andrej Sekera. Then they take a look at all the forwards and examine which ones are most likely to move, and what kind of return they might expect. Finally, they talk about the NHL.com's big launch of new enhanced statistics, and what to expect next.

TSN 1050 Toronto
February 23, 2015

Bob Mackowycz and Matt Cauz are eager to get Rob Vollman's take on NHL.com's new enhanced stats, especially in the way of James Mirtle's recent criticisms. Nothing will ever get done if you wait until it is perfect, but if Rob has one avoidable beef, it was Gary Bettman's unfortunate presentation which left some viewers with the impression that there was something exclusive or new on his website, when everything came from Vic Ferrari, and has been available on sites like Behind the Net since 2007. 

TSN That's Hockey (Video)
February 20, 2015
Clip available at TSN's website.

With the NHL embracing advanced stats, Dave Naylor takes an in-depth look at why some people believe in them and why others remain skeptical. Rob Vollman is featured as one of the hockey analytics experts, and has some interesting comments about their role in the future of the analysis of this sport.

Edmonton TSN 1260
February 19, 2015

Lowdown with Lowetide

Allan "Lowetide" Mitchell checks in with Rob Vollman leading into the trade deadline, but first wants a quick update on his late-November prediction that the Oilers would get more points than the Flames from that point forward - what went wrong? As for the trade deadline, Jeff Petry is the main focal point of the conversation, a player who is viewed quite favourably through the lens of hockey analytics. 

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
February 18, 2015

FAN 960

After a short delay caused by technical difficulties, Rob Vollman joins Rob Kerr for his weekly Hockey Abstract segment. They dive right into the three defensemen hockey analytics has identified as the most attractive trade deadline targets: Andrej Sekera, Zbynek Michalek, and Jeff Petry. After discussing these three, along with many of the alternatives, they close the show talking about the history behind Brian Burke's famous "stats are like lampposts to a drunk" comment, and some of the context behind it.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
February 11, 2015

FAN 960

Rob Vollman is back from the hockey analytics conference in Ottawa, and Rob Kerr is eager to hear how it went. There's also breaking news this day, as Evander Kane was moved to the Buffalo Sabres for a package that included Tyler Myers - what's the analytic take? While speaking of trades, how about Calgary's Curtis Glencross, what would the impact be if that unrestricted free agent is moved at the deadline?

Hockey Prospectus Radio
February 11, 2015

Hockey Prospectus

Timo Seppa, Robert Vollman and Tom Awad talk with Matt Coler about the Evander Kane trade and attending the Ottawa analytics conference. All three also weigh in on where analytics are headed in the NHL

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
February 4, 2015

FAN 960

It's Rob Vollman's regular Wednesday guest spot with Rob Kerr on FAN 960, and he's in studio to discuss the upcoming hockey analytics conference in Ottawa, which has sold out its 225 seats, and his presentation about the past, present, and future of analytics in hockey. Kerr then wanted to get Vollman's take on the possibility of Calgary making a move to improve their chances of making the playoffs, and what deals would be best. The segment closes with a quick re-visit of an earlier discussion about the Calder race.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
February 4, 2015

FAN 960

Gary Bettman has announces a slate of new non-traditional statistics for the NHL's official website, and Rob Kerr is eager to get Rob Vollman's take on it. What statistics should be introduced, how they should be presented, and what impact can it have on the game? The two Robs dig into where these stats come from, and where they're going. 

Ottawa TSN 1200 
February 4, 2015

TGOR

Rob Vollman joins J.R. and Steve Warne to talk about the upcoming hockey analytics at Carleton University. While on the show, they quiz him on the recent popularity of hockey analytics - whether that surprises him, which teams are doing a better job, what his favourite new statistics are, what role he sees them playing, and so on.

Boston Bruins on NESN
January 31, 2015
Watch on YouTube.

Rob Vollman joins Dale Arnold to take a look at what some of the underlying numbers are saying about coach Claude Julien's impact to the team, what we can expect from David Pastrnak, and why Patrice Bergeron is highly deserving of the Selke.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
January 28, 2015

FAN 960

There's big news from the NHL today, who announced plans to include non-traditional statistics like Corsi on its website, and Rob Kerr was eager to get Rob Vollman's take on that. They also discuss Mike Richards, who the Los Angeles Kings just placed on waivers, and take an early look at this year's Selke race - can anyone catch Patrice Bergeron? 

Sports Talk 770
January 27, 2015

CHQR 770

Mark Stephen and Jock Wilson of Sportstalk 770, CHQR Calgary, welcome Rob Vollman back to the show. They mostly talk about the Calgary Flames, to see if numbers can help explain their unexpected success this season, and help predict whether or not it will continue. It's a full hour of stat talk that includes discussions about the effect of coaching, the success of teams like Winnipeg and Nashville, and even a little bit about Gordie Howe!

Ottawa TSN 1200 The Drive
January 23, 2015

The Drive

There's a hockey analytics conference at Careleton University on February 7th, and one of the speakers is Rob Vollman, who joins Ian and A.J. on the Drive. Besides talking about the conference, which also features guys like Mike Schuckers and Tom Awad, they delve into how Ottawa is a much improved team possession-wise under Dave Cameron, despite a similar win-loss record. They also chat about the role Erik Karlsson has been playing for the team this year.

Winnipeg TSN 1290
January 22, 2015

TSN 1290

Rick Ralph welcomes Rob Vollman back to the Rona roundtable to talk about who the leaders might be for the NHL's major awards at the halfway point. The discussion starts with the Jets newest netminder Michael Hutchinson and his chances for the Calder - a race that features Filip Forsberg, Aaron Ekblad, and John Klingberg. They also swing through the other major awards like the Calder and the Hart, and discuss which players the numbers currently favour.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
January 21, 2015

FAN 960

It's a look at the mid-season awards! Who do the numbers favour? According to Rob Vollman, Calgary's captain Mark Giordano is the front runner for the Norris, but Johnny Gaudreau trails a tight back for the Calder - a race that also includes John Klingberg. Rob Kerr is intrigued at who might compete for the Vezina now that Pekka Rinne is injured, and he's quite surprised that Jaroslav Halak is a potential dark horse. The two Robs also take on the close race for the Hart in this fun segment. 

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
January 14, 2015

FAN 960

Intrigued by a recent tweet, Rob Kerr starts by going off-script to ask Rob Vollman about his take on Al MacNeil's tremendous coaching accomplishments in the AHL. Then, similarly intrigued by a recent ESPN piece, they explore to what extent injuries have affected the Columbus Blue Jackets, and therefore what is the maximum extent injuries can affect a team in the standings. Then they move on to cover the Flames, who Vollman figure entered a possession-based tailspin around December 12th, and one that has the potential of catching up with them and causing a lot more losses. Fortunately, the segment is ended on a high note as they discuss their impressions of Dominik Hasek, whose number was retired that day. 

Ducks Calls Post-Game Show
January 7, 2015

AM 830

Host Josh Brewster takes calls following January 7th's 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers. Rob Vollman joins the conversation at the 16:00 minute mark, or about one third of the way in. Topics include a look at Anaheim's incredible close-game record, followed by a more detailed analysis of Frederik Andersen's unbelievably consistent play. Then they take a quick listener call and have a chat about passing before taking some time to study Anaheim's player usage chart to figure out which players are having great seasons, and which players are under-performing.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
January 7, 2015

FAN 960

The first Hockey Abtract weekly segment of the year is a good one. It starts with a look at the analytics behind the World Juniors, including a look at Connor McDavid. Next up is Rob's take on NHL coaches, and Randy Carlyle's dismissal as head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and why the Leafs might not get the usual post-firing bounce. The final topic builds on Rob's most recent piece on ESPN about the Ducks phenomenal record in one-goal games, and why it may not be sustainable.  

Edmonton TSN 1260
January 7, 2015

Lowdown with Lowetide

Another great chat between Allan "Lowetide" Mitchell and Rob Vollman starts with a quick evaluation of how Todd Nelson is doing as the Oilers' new bench boss, and the key things Rob has been looking for. The next topic is Taylor Hall, and why Rob feels he is a lot more valuable to the team that his traditional numbers would suggest, and why it would therefore be a mistake to trade him. Speaking of trades, Allan asks Rob for his take on the David Perron trade, how Rob Klinkhammer might fit in, and the value of the pick. The final topic is a quick look at Randy Carlyle's dismissal by the Toronto Maple Leafs, and how Rob rates coaches. 

Cheaters Never Win Podcast
January 7, 2015

Section 328

Rob Vollman's first appearance on the Cheaters Never Win podcast is a fun one. The first topic is a look at how Rob evaluates coaches using analytics, in light of Randy Carlyle's recent firing from the Toronto Maple Leafs. As for Carolina's coach Bill Peters, his player usage is being compared to Kirk Muller's from the previous season, breaking down all the major differences, and how that has worked out for the Hurricanes. The final topic is a look at which Hurricanes other teams might be interested in at the trade deadline, like Andrej Sekera, and what Carolina should be looking at in return.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
December 31, 2014

FAN 960

After a week off for the holidays, Rob Kerr and Rob Vollman dive right into their weekly analytics segment with a quick and passionate look at the World Juniors. The main topic, however, was the rumoured availability of Taylor Hall, and why Vollman feels that such a trade would be a bad idea. Other topics include the New Jersey Devils possession numbers, the myth that old-school hockey minds like Brian Burke and Lou Lamoriello are hostile towards hockey analytics, and PDO - what does it mean, and how is it used? This week's session wraps up with a quick local look at how Johnny Gaudreau stacks up in the Calder race.

Edmonton TSN 1260
December 27, 2014
Clip not available

Rob Vollman is in studio with Allan "Lowetide" Mitchell over the holidays to discuss two trending topics: the recent firing of New Jersey Devils head coach Peter DeBoer (and replacement by GM Lou Lamoriello), and the evening's matchup between two of the league's coldest teams, Edmonton and Calgary. Lowetide also wants an update on Rob's earlier prediction that the Oilers would get more points than the Flames the rest of the season. Despite their horrible stretch since then, they'll actually only be four points behind the Flames since then -- assuming they win tonight!

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
December 17, 2014

FAN 960

With the following week off for the holidays, Rob Kerr crams in as much content as possible in this week's weekly segment of Hockey Abstract. The first topic is coaches, and Bob Hartley's extension, and the dismissal of Dallas Eakins and Paul MacLean. Is there a way to measure coaches? Next is the sustainability of winning percentages, given Calgary's recent collapse. What about the Sabres, does their recent winning streak fall into that same unsustainable category, or has this team started to turn the corner? This segues into a discussion about the Vancouver Canucks, Calgary's opponents this Saturday, and Rob Vollman's analytic take on them. The final topic was a look at the recent story that anyone on the Oilers, including Taylor Hall, could be available for trade. Several other cellar dwellers were examined for trade possibilities as well.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
December 10, 2014

FAN 960

Two great topics were selected for this week's "Hockey Abstract" segment with Rob Kerr on Sportsnet FAN 960. First, Rob Vollman was asked about a statistic he innovated years ago called Quality Starts which is now available on Hockey Reference. This featured an exclusive look at the statistic's background, and also a peek at how the Flames are doing - both Hiller and Ramo are a disappointing 5 for 13. The league leaders (Rinne, Holtby) were mentioned, along with those who were struggling (Lundqvist, Miller), and what that meant. The second topic was possession, once again, and what it really reveals about a team when it's broken down. The Kings were used as an example, a once-dominant possession team that it struggling this year. In this case, Vollman identified the problem as being on the blue line, where a team that historically forced the dump-and-chase is now allowing zone entries, thanks to the absence of Willie Mitchell and Slava Voynov.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
December 3, 2014
No clip available

Rob Vollman was in studio for this week's segment of Hockey Abstract. Topics included how analytics can influence coaching decisions, like when the goalie is pulled. While on the topic of goaltenders, the addition of Martin Brodeur to the St. Louis Blues was discussed, along with potentially superior alternatives like Ilya Bryzgalov (now of the Ducks), Josh Harding, and Tomas Vokoun. The show closed with a look at ex-Flame Martin St. Louis, who scored his 1,000th NHL point, and is a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame -- at least according to the Inductinator! 

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
November 25, 2014
No clip available

The weekly Hockey Abstract segment was a day early, but full of the same fun brand of statistical analysis. This week the topics included some of the hot players thus far, like Jakub Voracek, and Nashville's new scoring line of Filip Forsberg, Mike Ribeiro, and James Neal. We also touched on some of the more disappointing players, like Nail Yakupov and Alexander Semin. 

Netcrashers Podcast
November 24, 2014

Netcrashers

Listen at Netcrashers, on iTunes (episode 110) or Stitcher radio
 
The Netcrashers crew are back in studio this week to look back at what has impressed them the most over the first quarter of the 2014-15 NHL season. Author and analyst Rob Vollman (ESPN, TSN Radio, Bleacher Report, Hockey Abstract) skypes in to give his two cents, as well.

Edmonton TSN 1260
November 20, 2014

Lowdown with Lowetide

Allan "Lowetide" Mitchell enjoys his monthly analytics check-in with Rob Vollman, mostly to compare Alberta's two teams. Rob explains his bold prediction that the Oilers will get more points than the Flames the rest of the season, but does take time to discuss the areas where Edmonton still stands a great deal of improvement. Specifically they discuss Mark Fayne and Dallas Eakins' usage of defensemen, not to mention Eakins finishing dead last in a recent hockey pool on coaches (for which Rob was on the panel). 

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
November 19, 2014

FAN 960

Rob Kerr is back this week, welcoming Rob Vollman for another Hockey Abstract segment. They take another look at whether or not Calgary's success is sustainable before delving into Kessel-type deals, where a future first round draft pick of unknown value is swapped for a key player. The Flames did this in the past to get Olli Jokinen, and were planning to do similarly with the offer sheet on RFA Ryan O'Reilly two years ago. Do these deals make sense in general, and, if so, under what conditions would they make sense for Calgary?

Capitals Voice
November 17, 2014
Also available on Capitals Voice website

Capitals Voice

It's the morning drive, and John Walton brought on Rob Vollman to discuss whether or not it made sense for the team to trade Mike Green and, if they did, what kind of return they should pursue, and expect.  

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
November 12, 2014

FAN 960

Is Calgary's early success sustainable? That's the first topic guest host Pat Steinberg wanted to tackle with analytics guest Rob Vollman. After that, the recent trade of Travis Moen for Sergei Gonchar stimulated memories of Moen's time on Anaheim's "Nothing Line", and the impact that shutdown lines can have. The discussion closed on how Gonchar ranks among veteran puck-movers, and whether or not he's among those who can still provide value.

Boston Bruins on NESN
November 6, 2014
Clip unavailable. NESN Boston Bruins website.

In a continuing look at hockey analytics, Dale Arnold welcomes his "professor" back on to the telecast, Rob Vollman. This time they examine Boston's possession numbers, where they rank third, their two promising young fill-ins Seth Griffith and Mark Fraser, and one of tonight's opponents (and rumoured trade target) Jordan Eberle.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
November 5, 2014

FAN 960

The weekly look into the world of hockey analytics continues with an examination of lucky goals, and how luck can be recorded statistically. The focus then switches to a look at defensemen, starting with the impact of Zdeno Chara's injury to the Boston Bruins, the availability of Calgary-born Mike Green of the Washington Capitals, and finally a look at Calgary's own blue line. 

TSN Hockey Analytics
November 1, 2014

FAN 960

Andy McNamara welcomes Rob Vollman as a guest on the fourth episode of the new hockey analytics show on TSN. They discuss his new book, early-season coaching changes, player usage charts, and the recent hockey analytics conferences. 

Maple Leaf Hangout
October 30, 2014
Watch it on YouTube, or Listen on iTunes, SoundCloud, or the Maple Leaf Hot Stove website

Season 2 begins with the first appearance of hockey analytics pioneer Rob Vollman, who joins Michael Langlois (no relation to Charlie) and Anthony Petrielli. Topics obviously focus primarily around the Toronto Maple Leafs, but also more philosophical discussions about the role of hockey analytics in the NHL today, and where they best fit.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
October 29, 2014

FAN 960

In the second installment of the new weekly segment, Rob Kerr asks Rob Vollman if hockey analytics can help identify which teams off to hot starts are likely to cool down, which of the early season's most disappointing teams is bound to pick up, and where the Flames fit in. This topic leads into a bit of an explanatory discussion in what Corsi is, how it relates to possession, and why it's important. 

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
October 22, 2014

FAN 960

In a brand new weekly segment called Hockey Abstract that will look at the growing trend of hockey analytics, Rob Kerr welcomes his guest Rob Vollman. This week's topics include two names that are in the rumour mill, Carolina's Eric Staal and Buffalo's Tyler Myers. According to the numbers, what do they bring, what are they worth, and where might they land? The two also take a quick look at T.J. Brodie's new contract with the Calgary Flames.

Edmonton TSN 1260
October 21, 2014

Lowdown with Lowetide

Allan "Lowetide" Mitchell checks in with Rob Vollman, with the primary topic being Edmonton's unusual decision to start the season without Martin Marincin, scratch Jeff Petry, and push Mark Fayne down the depth chart. Are these bad calls, or can they be justified in the name of wanting to check out some of the team's younger defensemen? The discussion also includes a look at Patric Hornqvist, how far into the season it takes for statistics to start becoming meaningful and insightful, and how the Oilers compare to their provincial rivals in Calgary. 

Capitals Voice
October 17, 2014
Also available on Capitals Voice website

Capitals Voice

Today on Morning Drive, our friend Rob Vollman is back to break down what nearly 100 hockey experts think about the order of finish among the four divisions in the NHL this season. If this were politics, this would be your "poll of polls" to analyze what everyone believes will happen in 2014-15.  

Hockey Prospectus Radio
October 16, 2014
Also available at Hockey Prospectus, grouped by division

Hockey Prospectus

Matthew Coller and Rob Vollman talk about Rob’s poll of all the prognosticators on the internets and beyond. What do the predictions say about where teams will finish this year? Which do Matt and Rob agree and disagree with? Why do we do predictions anyway!?

ESPN Hockey Today Podcast
October 15, 2014
Also available at ESPN On Demand Audio

ESPN Hockey Today

Scott Burnside talks to ESPN's Craig Custance and Rob Vollman about the decline role of enforcers in today's NHL. Do they have value and can make a comeback, or will this trend away from players who only fight continue?

Vancouver TSN 1040
October 14, 2014
Also available on TSN 1040 website (Hour 1)

Sekeres & Price

Matt Sekeres and Blake Price welcome Rob Vollman on to the show to recap his look at what the NHL standings will look like this season, according to the published predictions of 92 hockey analysts.
 
Boston Bruins on NESN
October 11, 2014
Clip unavailable. NESN Boston Bruins website.

This season Dale Arnold will be inviting hockey analytics pioneer Rob Vollman on to the show to explain how the Bruins are doing according to statistics. This first piece takes a closer look at what Patrice Bergeron does to make himself a star, and what some of the depth pieces, like Adam McQuaid and Dennis Seidenberg, could be doing better. 
 
Hamilton AM 900 CHML
October 8, 2014

Scott Radley Show

It's a new season, and Scott Radley has a new show, and what better way to kick it off than to invite Hockey Abstract's Rob Vollman to give the listeners a primer on some of the new hockey statistics? The two hockey fans discuss Corsi and Fenwick, what they mean, how they work, and where you can apply them.

Wharton Business Radio on SiriusXM
October 8, 2014
Listen at SiriusXM (there's a free trial) or get more info at the website (and one under construction)

Calgary's Justin Azevedo and Rob Vollman joined the Wharton Moneyball crew to change the pace and talk about hockey analytics with Shane Jensen, Eric Bradlow, and Cade Massey. It was a lively discussion on the NHL's opening day about the current state of analytics in this sport. What's the level of adoption, what are the currently accepted statistics, where is it going? 

Netcrashers Podcast
September 28, 2014

Netcrashers

Listen at Netcrashers, on iTunes (episode 105) or Stitcher radio
 
The 4th season of the Netcrashers Hockey Podcast is officially underway! Greener, Rey, and Leth are back in studio after a long off-season and looking at the Eastern Conference with the first of two preseason warm-up shows. Rob Vollman also joins in on the discussion.

TSN 1050 Toronto
September 26, 2014

TSN 1050

Bob Mackowycz and Matt Cauz open up a new season asking Rob Vollman about just how secretive NHL teams are about their hires, and how protected the data is becoming. The big item in the news is the negotiations between Ryan Johansen and the Columbus Blue Jackets, and Rob finds himself firmly on one side of that discussion. The final question is about who the "test team" will be this year, with regards to analytics: Edmonton, Colorado, Philadelphia, or someone else?
 
WCRD 91.3 Indiana
September 23, 2014

Light the Lamp

Rob Vollman makes his return appearance on Light the Lamp on WCRD 91.3 at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. This conversation is about his new book, the current state of hockey analytics, and what the future may bring. Lots of fun!

Edmonton TSN 1260
September 12, 2014

Lowdown with Lowetide

Rob Vollman is holding a hockey analytics conference at the Calgary Saddledome tomorrow, and we had him on to discuss what that's all about, and who's going to be speaking. Allan "Lowetide" Mitchell asked about how we have found the balance between promoting analytics without going too far, and what some of the top innovations have been lately (and will be in the future).

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
September 10, 2014
Clip not available

Rob Kerr invited Rob Vollman on the show to promote the hockey analytics conference at the Saddledome this upcoming Saturday, September 13. 

Capitals Voice
September 11, 2014

Capitals Voice

It's the first day of rookie camp today in Arlington, and to help get you in the spirit, we're talking hockey analytics and the Capitals with Rob Vollman. Rob is the author of the annual publication Hockey Abstract and he was kind enough to lend us his expertise today on Morning Drive. 

Jetstream Podcast
September 8, 2014
Watch on YouTube or Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, or the Jetstream website

On this week's episode, the guys are extremely pleased to welcome the author of Hockey Abstract, Robert Vollman to the podcast!  Whilst discussing the newest edition of his book series, the group covers some of the basics of hockey analytics, some of the challenges facing the Jets, and a great group talk in regards to how important it is to get your voice and thoughts out to the public.

Talking Red Podcast
September 7, 2014

Talking Red

Talking Red is finally back with Rob Vollman, the author of Hockey Abstract.  They discuss his book, the penalty kill in the NHL, his view of the Devils, the Eastern Conference and much much more. (Note: Jump to 14:20 for Vollman's segment)

Jewelcast Podcast
September 7, 2014

Jewels from the Crown

For what is amazingly our twelfth episode, the Jewelcast is proud to bring you a very special Sunday edition on the past, present, and future of hockey analytics! We have a very special co-host this week, as Robert of Jewels makes his first-ever appearence on the podcast! And as if that wasn't enough already, we also have a huge guest: Rob Vollman, author of Hockey Abstract and contributor to ESPN, Bleacher Report, and Hockey Prospectus! Wow, how did we ever pull that one off?! We'll talk everything from the early adaptors of Corsi and Fenwick to today's tracking of zone entries/exits and WOWYs, and what the future might hold for analytics..

Edmonton TSN 1260
August 29, 2014

Lowdown with Lowetide

Rob Vollman's Hockey Abstract 2014 is out, and the man who wrote the foreword and helped launch last year's book, Allan "Lowetide" Mitchell, welcomes the primary author back on to the show. The two spend an entire hour together, and are joined by Dave Jamieson for the final quarter hour, to review the book in detail, and also discuss how some of the analytics describe the Edmonton Oilers.

TSN 1050 Toronto
August 20, 2014

Leafs Lunch

Bryan Hayes brings on long-time hockey analytics pioneer Rob Vollman to figure out what's driving all the hiring of statisticians this summer. They also dive into how analytics can help a team on a day-to-day basis, and how it might be useful to the coaching staff. Now that there's a general consensus that Toronto has a possession issue, now the question is how analytics can help. There's a great write-up on this appearance on Maple Leafs Hot Stove

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
August 19, 2014

FAN 960

Bruce Dowbiggin welcomes hockey analytics pioneer Rob Vollman on Sportsnet FAN 960 to discuss the NHL's new terms of service, and what a clamp down might mean to statistical analysts and their websites, especially with all the recent hires. They also talk about the next steps in hockey analytics, and what it takes for teams to get an edge. This clip includes only the second half of that appearance. 

Hockey Buzzcast
August 15, 2014

In his first video podcast appearance, Rob Vollman joins Eklund, Michael Augello, and Josh Rimer for the Hockey Buzzcast. It develops into an interesting philosophical discussion about the role of analytics, although it occasionally digresses into arguments about the Hall of Fame or Strat-o-Matic card ratings. A lot of the discussion about the new book Hockey Abstract 2014 is reserved for the final few minutes.

Ice Level Podcast
August 14, 2014

Ice Level

This time, Andrew Berkshire and Arik Parnass welcome Tom Awad as they discuss current NHL stars who could be HHOF-bound, specific ailments of the league’s cellar-dwelling teams and what the Canadiens should do with their remaining cap space. 

LogOff Podcast, NHL Numbers    
August 14, 2014

LogOff Podcast

After weeks of manufacturing some semblance of content to discuss out of very little thanks to the dog days of the summer, Dimitri and Derek are joined on this edition of the podcast by Rob Vollman, the author of the Hockey Abstract. Without spoiling things for those that haven't had the chance to read it for themselves yet, we broach a few of the bigger topics that were written about including shot quality, goaltending analytics, and projections for next season.

Edmonton TSN 1260
August 13, 2014

Lowdown with Lowetide

Allan "Lowetide" Mitchell checks in with Rob Vollman to find out all about his new book (Rob Vollman's Hockey Abstract 2014), and then poses some listener questions specific to the Edmonton Oilers.

Hockey Prospectus Radio
August 13, 2014

Hockey Prospectus

Matthew Coller figuratively sits down with analytics guru and Hockey Prospectus author Rob Vollman to discuss his new book, how teams are using analytics, the war between stat geeks and the mainstream and where it’s all headed.

Sports Talk 770
August 12, 2014

CHQR 770

Mark Stephen and Jock Wilson of Sportstalk 770, CHQR Calgary, hosted local analytics pioneer Rob Vollman to discuss his new book, and the state of modern hockey analytics. It's a 45-minute segment covering a lot of ground!

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
August 6, 2014

Calgary Fan 960

What is going on this summer? It seems like everywhere you turn, another NHL team is hiring a prominent analytics guy. To help shed some light on this, Rob Kerr welcomes local analytics guy Rob Vollman, who also has a new book coming out and is hosting an analytics conference next month. 

Ice Level Podcast
August 4, 2014

Ice Level

Hearing rumours of a new book with some new stats, Andrew Berkshire, James David, Erick Gergory and Arik Parnass bring on Rob Vollman for his third appearance on the podcast at the 23 minute mark, and grill him on a variety of controversial topics, like the value of catch-all statistics, which stats should be abandoned, whether the stats folks "watch the games", whether there's a danger of alleged snake-oil salesmen discrediting the analytics community, and how good a living can be made in hockey analytics.

Winnipeg TSN 1290
July 8, 2014

TSN 1290

Darrin Bauming and the Rona Roundtable chat with Rob Vollman about last season and the free agent frenzy, trying to get the analytic interpretation of recent events. Is there a team that struggled despite good possession? How did Colorado succeed without good possession numbers, will it continue, and how can such teams be identified? Which teams were most and least impressive in the free agent pool so far, and what do you make of Winnipeg's latest addition Mathieu Perreault? Great segment.
 
Edmonton TSN 1260
July 3, 2014

Lowdown with Lowetide

Free agent frenzy is underway and Allan "Lowetide" Mitchell wants to check in with Rob Vollman to get the analytic take on Edmonton's big moves, Mark Fayne and Benoit Pouliot. They also go around the league to figure out which other teams might be using analytics effectively, including Rob's picks for this year's winners and losers in free agency thus far.

TSN 1050 Toronto
July 2, 2014

TSN 1050

The free agent frenzy is underway when Rob Vollman joined Mack and Cauz on TSN 1050 to comment on Toronto blue line moves, as well as the overall winners and losers in the NHL. This was also the day after Claude Giroux was detained for allegedly groping a police officer, so there was much hilarity on that topic as well.

Calgary Sportsnet FAN 960
June 10, 2014

Calgary Fan 960

Rob Kerr devotes an entire hour to the local hockey analytics scene, bringing Rob Vollman and Greg Sinclair in studio. The discussion starts with a history of analytics, where it is now, and where it is going. More specific topics include possession, goaltending, shot quality, luck, and so much more. 

Netcrashers Podcast
June 3, 2014

Netcrashers

Listen at Netcrashers, on iTunes (episode 99) or Stitcher radio
 
It's episode 99 of the Netcrashers podcast, and the Stanley Cup finals are about to begin. What better time to bring on Rob Vollman, who picked the New York Rangers as his Eastern Conference dark horse in the pre-playoffs show April 14th? It's a great time as Vollman and the boys break down the Stanley Cup showdown, discussing how they match up in terms of goaltending, the blue line, and the forward depth.

Edmonton TSN 1260
June 2, 2014

Lowdown with Lowetide

Allan "Lowetide" Mitchell wanted to hear all about May 24th's Alberta Hockey Analytics conference directly from the host. It also fortunately left plenty of time to spare to talk about restricted free agents like Jeff Petry and Justin Schultz, not to mention the Stanley Cup finals.

Buffalo WGR 550
May 3, 2014

WGR 550

Matt Coller runs down the second round of the 2014 postseason with Rob Vollman. Topics include Patrick Kane and how strong the Chicago Blackhawks have been this season, then a look at why the Rangers have a solid chance against the Penguins, followed by a breakdown of how Montreal compares to Boston. There's a great conversation about why the Los Angeles Kings could be the favourites over the Anaheim Ducks, and then one final question about how Toronto's slump was predicted by analytics and how that could bring some more mainstream attention to the field.

Netcrashers Podcast
April 14, 2014
Listen at Netcrashers, on iTunes (episode 92) or Stitcher radio
 
We are on the eve of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the Netcrashers crew bring you a comprehensive breakdown of every first round series in this week’s episode. Friend of the show, Rob Vollman also weighs in from the analytical standpoint.

Edmonton TSN 1260
April 10, 2014

Lowdown with Lowetide

Lowdown with Lowetide

The topics this month include what happened in Vancouver and whether or not they should make a coaching change. How much difference does a coach make anyway, and why? Part two concludes the comparison between John Tortorella and Alain Vigneault. Finally, how can teams like Toronto and Edmonton improve their possession game (assuming that's their goal in the first place)?
 
Edmonton TSN 1260
March 27, 2014

Lowdown with Lowetide

Rob Vollman's monthly check-in on Lowdown with Lowetide features a look at this season's upcoming free agents and who the Oilers might want to target. Allan "Lowetide" Mitchell also gets Vollman going on one of his pet peeves: the "NHL" Hall of Fame.

Edmonton TSN 1260
February 25, 2014

Lowdown with Lowetide

A quick return appearance by Rob Vollman on Lowdown with Lowetide to discuss the secret to Canada's Olympic success (possession), which of Edmonton's assets shine brightest in player usage charts, and who are the greatest potential trade deadline acquisitions in the NHL. The spot concludes with an identification of the four clear Stanley Cup favourites (Pittsburgh, Boston, Anaheim and St. Louis) and a look at which teams are most likely out of the race completely.

Edmonton TSN 1260
February 18, 2014

Lowdown with Lowetide

Rob Vollman makes his monthly appearance on Allan "Lowetide" Mitchell's TSN 1260 show to discuss Crosby's offensive struggles, the importance (or lack thereof) of having Kunitz, the unusual coaching of the Czech Republic, the current rankings, and then some NHL discussion around the trade deadline.

ESPN Radio Chicago
January 30, 2014

ESPN Radio

Also listen at ESPN Radio
 
ESPN Chicago's Scott Powers talks to Rob Vollman about the increasing usage of advanced statistics in hockey and Patrick Kane shares his memories of the 2010 Gold Medal game.

Hamilton AM 900 CHML
January 27, 2014
 
Rob Vollman drops in on Scott Radley's Sports Lounge to talk about hockey analytics. After an interesting chat about his personal history in analytics, the discussion revolves around Player Usage Charts, and how they apply to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
 
Netcrashers Podcast
January 26, 2014

Netcrashers

Also listen at Netcrashers, on iTunes (episode 81) or Stitcher radio
 
Rob Vollman makes his second appearance on the Netcrashers podcast. The Olympics are the primary focus of this conversation, which includes a look at how analytics can help rank the various teams, and which one comes out on top.
 
WCRD 91.3 Indiana
January 20, 2014

Light the Lamp

Rob Vollman makes his first appearance on Light the Lamp on WCRD 91.3 at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. It's a great conversation about the upcoming Winter Olympics, and specifically the U.S. Olympic team, and Kevin Shattenkirk.

 
Edmonton TSN 1260
January 20, 2014

Lowdown with Lowetide

Rob Vollman appears on Allan "Lowetide" Mitchell's TSN 1260 show to discuss topics ranging from Olympic team selections, to Taylor Hall, and to what defensemen (like Christian Ehrhoff) could be available at the trade deadline.

Calgary Flames Radcast
December 20, 2013

Flames Radcast


Rob Vollman finally makes an appearance in his home city with a great interview with Rob Kerr about advanced statistics. Beyond advanced stats, they discuss his roots, his book, and Player Usage Charts. Vollman's passion for hockey is on display in his fun discussion more so than anywhere else.

Penguins Radio
December 17, 2013

Penguins Radio

Rob Vollman joins Brian Metzer to talk hockey analytics. Other than the Penguins on the whole, topics include Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin.

Buffalo WGR 550
December 14, 2013

WGR 550

Matt Coller invites Rob Vollman onto the rush hour show to talk about hockey analytics.

Edmonton TSN 1260
December 13, 2013

Lowdown with Lowetide

Rob Vollman with Allan "Lowetide" Mitchell of TSN 1260 Edmonton.

Netcrashers Podcast
November 29, 2013

Rob Vollman had a great time with the Netcrashers boys: Leth, Greener, Rey and Murf, potentially the most fun on a podcast ever. It's a full half hour and no stone is left unturned as they discuss hockey analytics and its many applications.
 
Hashtag Hockey Ep 23
November 25, 2013 

Hashtag Hockey

 
Today Rob Vollman stops by the podcast to talk about the Minnesota Wild and why preseason predictions for the team were so far off, and makes a case for why the Wild actually have one of the best penalty kill units in the game! Listen here.
 
Edmonton TSN 1260
November 20, 2013

Lowdown with Lowetide

Lowetide of TSN 1260 Edmonton checks in with Rob Vollman to get a current take on the Edmonton Oilers, and the super-strong Western Conference. They then discuss who was the best offseason addition for the Oilers, and Rob explains his logic for picking Boyd Gordon over David Perron. Lowetide gets an update on the latest Player Usage Chart, which leads to a discussion of how younger players are generally brought along, including Nail Yakupov. That leads to a final chat about coaching, and how that can be measured analytically, and the value of looking at a player's ice time to get a quick glance of how he's being used.
 
6th Sens Podcast
November 14, 2013

6th Sens

The season is a fifth complete, and the Ottawa Senators are nowhere near Rob Vollman's prediction of being first overall. Rob joins Graeme and Creech on the 71st episode of the 6th Sens Podcast to see if he can help figure out what's going wrong with the Senators this season.
 
Eyes on the Prize Radio
November 13, 2013

Eyes on the Prize

 
Mike and Andrew Berkshire bring back inaugural guest Rob Vollman for their tenth episode for an update on the Montreal Canadiens from the perspective of the hockey analytics world.
 
TSN 1050 Toronto
November 12, 2013

TSN 1050

Bob Mackowycz and Matt Cauz invite Rob Vollman back on the show to answer for his pre-season prediction that the Toronto Maple Leafs would finish out of the playoffs. One fifth of the way into the season the Leafs lead their division and without signs of letting up.
 
Edmonton AM 1260
November 6, 2013

Lowdown with Lowetide

Rob Vollman checks in with Lowetide on AM 1260 to talk about the impact bad luck has had so far on the Edmonton Oilers, especially in regards to injuries. Several others topics are covered, including the good luck in Colorado, and what happened to the Ottawa Senators.
 
Winnipeg TSN 1290
October 16, 2013

TSN 1290

Rick Ralph and the Rona Roundtable chat with Rob Vollman about the current state of hockey statistics. The conversation includes a quick look at what Corsi is and what it means, and also some statistics used to evaluate goalies.
 
Edmonton AM 1260
October 15, 2013

Lowdown with Lowetide

Lowetide checks in with Rob Vollman after a rather lackluster start to Edmonton's 2013-14 season. Together they discuss a variety of topics, including the famed Sledgehammer Chart.
 
Nashville 102.5 The Game
September 24, 2013 
 
Willy Daunic and the gang welcome Rob Vollman back for a brand new season, mostly to talk about his new book. Follow-up questions include the level to which today's NHL teams have adopted these types of analytics, and the hosts are pleased to learn that the Predators recently consulted with one of Rob's colleagues.
 
Edmonton AM 1260
September 23, 2013

Lowdown with Lowetide

Rob Vollman is thrilled to be joining Lowetide to talk about hockey instead of CBA agreements and lockouts. Rob has an interesting pick for one of the bigger off-season moves - New York Rangers new coach Alain Vigneault. Other topics include a discussion on Vancouver and Edmonton's fate for this season, especially in the light of Gagner's recent injury, and the value of enforcers in the NHL.
 
Edmonton AM 1260
August 28, 2013

Lowdown with Lowetide

Lowetide welcomes Rob Vollman back to the show to discuss Team Canada at the upcoming Olympics, Linus Omark's signing with the Edmonton Oilers, and some discussion about shot quality.
 
Hashtag Hockey Ep 13
August 25, 2013 

Hashtag Hockey

 
Rob Vollman becomes Bob Spencer's first two-time guest on the Hashtag Hockey podcast thanks to his new book Hockey Abstract. The two spend an hour in a thorough discussion of the new book, including a specific look at some Minnesota Wild players at the end.
 
TSN 1050 Toronto
August 23, 2013

TSN 1050

Bob Mackowycz and James Mirtle invited Rob Vollman onto their morning show to talk about his new book Hockey Abstract and what it teaches us about how lucky the Toronto Maple Leafs may have been in 2012-13, a little about the importance of possession and who might score the next points next season between Bozak, Kadri and Grabovski.
 
Talking Red Podcast
August 14, 2013

Talking Red

On this weeks episode David Sarch and John Fischer discuss the new ownership that appears to be in place and what it means for the team on the ice.  They also interview Rob Vollman, the author of Hockey Abstract.  We discuss hockey analytics, player usage charts, what it says about the Devils, the rest of the league, its limitations and much more.
 
TSN 1050 Toronto
August 7, 2013

TSN 1050

Skeptics Dave Naylor and Dave Hodge invited Rob Vollman on the show to ask about the current state of hockey analytics, and to try to be convinced as to their potential value.
 
Nashville 102.5 The Game
August 5, 2013

102.5 The Game

Rob Vollman has a quick appearance on Nashville's 102.5 the game to talk about his Hockey Abstract book including what it's all about, and what might be of interest to Predators fans - including who is the best goalie, who is the best defenseman and where the Preds are likely to finish in 2013-14.
 
Buffalo WGR 550
August 3, 2013

WGR 550

Matt Coller invites Rob Vollman onto the morning show to talk about his new book Hockey Abstract, and what's it all about. In all it's a half hour conversion about hockey analytics.
 
Ottawa AM 1200 The Team
August 2, 2013

The Team

The chapter of his new book that finds an analytic method that puts Ottawa atop the NHL caught the attention of Ottawa's AM 1200 the Team, who have Rob Vollman jump on and explain it in more detail. They also talk about what else is in his new book, and to what extent the NHL has adopted these types of analytics.
 
Edmonton AM 1260
August 1, 2013

Lowdown with Lowetide

 
Lowetide checks in with Rob Vollman on how things have been going with his new Hockey Abstract book, and also follows up on the recent buzz in Edmonton surrounding the chapter on who will finish first next year, a topic picked up by David Staples of the Edmonton Journal.
 
6th Sens Podcast
July 31, 2013

6th Sens

Fresh off the release of his inaugural Hockey Abstract book (available on or paperback via Amazon), Rob joined Graeme and Creech to talk about his intriguing forecast that projects the Senators to have the best odds of winning the 2013/14 President's Trophy. According to Graeme, even if you're not the most statistically inclined hockey enthusiast, it's a worthwhile read that could spurn some debate or simply introduce you to a new way of looking at the sport. His full review can be found on the 6th Sens.
 
Ottawa CBC Radio
July 31, 2013
Ottawa listeners tuned in to CBC's All in a Day on the drive home and caught a short glimpse of Rob Vollman's new Hockey Abstract book, which was tied in nicely with a clip from Moneyball. Senators fans were also pleased to hear how well their team fared in one of the chapters, which featured a study that used analytics to try to correct for luck and off-season transactions.
 
Hockey Buzzcast
July 30, 2013

Hockey Buzz

Rob Vollman spent a full hour with the HockeyBuzz crew, fielding tough questions about hockey analytics and his new book Hockey Abstract from the Hockey Buzz crew of Mike Augello, Brian Metzer, Ryan Garner and Shaune Vetter.
 
 
Eyes on the Prize Radio
July 28, 2013

Eyes on the Prize

 
The debut of the Eyes on the Prize live radio show, and we start off with a bang. Our ongoing series Fancy Stat Summer School has been a nice success, and to add to this we've brought in analytics guru Rob Vollman, who has a new book out on the subject.
 
 
Edmonton AM 1260
The Hockey Abstract Book Launch!
July 26, 2013

Lowdown with Lowetide

 

Lowdown with Lowetide

 
Rob Vollman's Hockey Abstract was launched live in studio on the Lowdown with Lowetide, also joined by special guest Bruce McCurdy. An entire hour (two segments) were spent going over what's covered in the book.
 
 
Penguins Radio
July 24, 2013

Bob Grove's Hot Stove

Rob Vollman joins the Bob Grove's Hot Stove with Grove and Brian Metzer in a special show about hockey analytics. After a quick announcement, the questions start to flow.
 
How far behind is hockey from baseball in its adoption of statistics?
What do you say to the cynics about analytics - how do you sell it?
What are we trying to do with analytics?
Where are we at with the adoption of these analytics?
Where do you get the data and what's the next step in data gathering?
What are Player Usage Charts, and what do they tell us about the Penguins?
How does Goals Versus Salary (GVS) statistic work, and how did you use it to find the risky and bargain deals (in the recent ESPN pieces)?.
 
Edmonton AM 1260
July 12, 2013

Lowdown with Lowetide

Rob Vollman joins Allan Mitchell in the studio, and comments on the recent trade with St. Louis that sent Magnus Paajarvi to the Blues for David Perron, who should fit in nicely on the Oilers as an offense-oriented second line winger. A few techniques in sorting out how much of a player's contributions are due to his line mates are also described.
 
Ilya Kovalchuk and the state of the KHL (a topic that is re-visited later) is the next point of discussion, which includes how poorly the New Jersey Devils rank on his latest chart, the team luck chart now available on this web site.
 
Based on his opinions on who the Devils can target to replace Kovalchuk, Toronto is briefly discussed, including how keeping Grabovski would have been less risky than signing the deals they wound up making with Tyler Bozak and David Clarkson - the Leafs subscribe to the size and grit model rather than the (safer) possession model Vollman espouses.
 
This extended segment also includes an interesting chat about how teams can create false value by bloating the statistics of some of their players with favourable line mates and playing conditions. Historical examples are the Montreal Canadiens, and moder modern examples include the Pittsburgh Penguins..
 
Edmonton AM 1260
July 3, 2013

Lowdown with Lowetide

With just two days before the free agent frenzy begins, Allan Mitchell invited Rob Vollman once again on Lowdown at Lowetide to run through Edmonton's needs.With demand exceeding supply (especially with defensemen) the best UFAs are about to be pricey. While Saku Koivu was among his favourite options for a two-way second line centre, Matt Cullen and Dainius Zubrus are the bargain-hunters options. Less obvious veterans that may be available for less. That being said, perhaps the Oilers should be pursuing Boyd Gordon, the best defensive UFA forward available. Similar to Eric Belanger and Jerred Smithson, Gordon wins face-offs, kills penalties, is a cut above other options, and probably available at a good price.
 
As for the wing, Lowetide asked who was available for less than the $6.0M/Horton type of deal? Looking only at sheltered, offense-focused guys, Ryane Clowe is up there with Elias/Roy/Selanne offensively but might go for less. Further down the depth chart, Clarke MacArthur or Vinny Prospal are more in the Alfredsson/Boyes/Filppula range for offense, but may go cheap. Down a level is Stalberg/Penner/Raymond, but they're more shooters than passers, which is not what the Oilers need.
 
As for goalies, there's not a lot of difference between one goalie and another. Besides the parity goalies are also less predictable - look at their save percentage go up and down. The Oilers might want to find a less expensive option and hope to get lucky, and then spend the saved money on a forward or defenseman where they know they're getting a better player.
 
The discussion ended with the history of Vollman's charts, how often the metrics are right (using Lecavalier as a recent example), how front offices don't use statistics the higher up you go, and how going back three years instead of one can help find value among players that might have just had one bad season.
 
Edmonton AM 1260
June 5, 2013

Lowdown with Lowetide

Rob Vollman is Lowetide's first guest of the show, as they jump right in to talk about UFA Mark Streit, and how unlikely the 35-year-old is to earn top dollars for even the first year of his three-year deal, let alone all three.
Next up is a look at the available RFA defensemen, mostly using a Player Usage Chart. Alex Pietrangelo is obviously the best RFA defenseman on the market, with Kevin Shattenkirk a good, somewhat sheltered offensive-minded guy, and Ryan McDonagh arguably the only one better than Pietrangelo defensively. All three, however, are likely worth over five million per year (according to GVS), and also likely to get any RFA offer sheets matched. Jared Spurgeon is identified as a more realistic option, Minnesota's tiny number three defenseman, with a good balance of defense and offense, and available for a lot less.
Looking at the forward group, Sam Gagner is a solid lower top-six player looking good right in the middle of the group, but probably isn't worth much more than his current cap hit. Derek Stepan, Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little, Adam Henrique, Marcus Kruger, Carl Hagelin, Artem Anisimov, and Tyler Kennedy are all discussed as options for RFA offer sheets.
One of the more popular guest spots then wraps up with a neat discussion about these types of analytics over history, including the Montreal Canadiens and Bob Gainey and the classic Canada vs Soviet Union 1972 Summit Series. Lowetide closes the interview with some questions about how Vollman might advise RFAs this summer.
 
Hockey Prospectus Radio
May 30, 2013

Hockey Prospectus

The Conference Finals are set, and hosts Matthew Coller and Timo Seppa want to know how Rob Vollman sees things hashing out on Episode 28 of Hockey Prospectus Radio.
Jumping it at about the one third mark, Rob is quick to toot his own horn and his fluky perfect record so far this post-season, which prompts Timo to start a discussion about the Rangers.  With the podcast clock ticking, Matt steers it back to the Conference Finals, starting with Boston and Pittsburgh, and the great match-ups each team will be either creating or avoiding.  The pick?  Pittsburgh in 7.
 
The Los Angeles vs Chicago series is another exciting series, a classic match-up of puck possession teams.  After a quick recap of possession hockey and how it's measured (and why), Rob strays from the official Hockey Prospectus Line (Hawks in 6) to pick the Kings - and Timo would also follow suit.
 
 
Edmonton AM 1260
May 29, 2013

Lowdown with Lowetide

After a quick reaction on the John Tortorella earlier that morning, Lowetide Allan Mitchell dives right in to ask Rob Vollman about some of the most likely buyout candidates.  The first player to be discussed is Brad Richards, whose risky contract was flagged by the GVS stat (Goals Versus Salary) over at ESPN before the ink was even dry. Though NHL GMs scoffed at the idea at the time, they've certainly come around two years later.
 
They use the specific questions about Brian Campbell, Vincent Lecavalier, Shawn Horcoff and Danny Briere to discuss the two types of buyout situations, those that are risky and those which are simply expensive.  Some of those players are guaranteed to be valuable and key members of the team, like Campbell and Horcoff, but simply come at a super-premium price.  Others are worthwhile keeping only if they're going to be fully used on the top lines, which is less likely to be the case with Lecavalier or Briere.
 
Finally they agree that it could be an exciting UFA season, with all of these compliance buyouts, coaching changes, and the high number of players on the market.  Vollman identified players with big contracts like Horcoff, Paul Martin, Dany Heatley, Brad Richards, Ryan Malone, Mike Green as new big names with contract so steep that they might become available either through a buy-out or a reasonable trade. Also, with so many teams having failed to lock up both their RFAs and their UFAs, especailly New Jersey and Winnipeg, there could be some RFA offer sheets this summer.
 
Edmonton AM 1260
May 17, 2013

Lowdown with Lowetide

After a quick reminder of what Player Usage Charts are (which Lowetide calls "the Vollman Sledgehammer"), and a quick disclaimer about the limitations of analytics in a short 48-game season, Allan Mitchell asks Rob Vollman about UFAs Mark Streit and Sergei Gonchar to address a need on the Oilers blue line.  Unfortunately choices usually have to be made among someone that can move the puck, like Streit and Gonchar, and those who can help protect one-goal leads, like Scuderi, Lydman or maybe even Hainsey.
 
In the second part they move on to the forwards, and what UFAs might help fix the Oilers bottom-six.  Vollman agreed that a shut-down forward like Boyd Gordon is exactly the type of player Edmonton needs.  Matt Cooke, Bryan Bickell, Saku Koivu, and Pascal Dupuis are other potential options, though ones that either wouldn't fit quite as well, or would be a lot harder to sign.  As for someone on the left side that could score goals, and ignoring Patrik Elias as unrealistic, Nathan Horton might fit best and Wojtek Wolski might be easier to get.  Valtteri Filppula can play toughter minutes but isn't a good possession player.  As for Chicago's UFAs Bryan Bickell and Viktor Stalberg, Bickell's possession numbers are weak and Stalberg's need for a sheltered assignment wouldn't fit on a team with all of Edmonton's young scorers.  They close with a look at Dustin Penner, who would be an effective third-line winger, but would likely be one that was far too expensive.
 
 
ESPN Twin Cities 1500
May 1, 2013

ESPN Twin Cities 1500

Rob Vollman joins Tom Pelissero and Phil Mackey on ESPN 1500 Twin Cities to preview the Minnesota Wild - Chicago Blackhawks first round match-up.  They start with a quick recap of this type of analysis, and the recent playoff preview written on Hockey Prospectus.
 
They discuss and explain the analytic love affair with possession-based play, and what it will take for a non-possession team like Minnesota to prevail over Chicago (like Phoenix did last year). This naturally leads to a discussion of how a goalie can get hot over the short stretch that the playoffs are. 
 
The guest spot wraps up with a quick review of some of the secrets for a team to succeed in the play-offs, besides possession and a hot goalie, like puck-moving defensemen and shut down players.  Rob picks his favourites among the lower-seeded teams, and uses analytics to point to who is most likely for the Stanley Cup - Chicago/Boston (or Pittsburgh), but with Los Angeles getting their due.
 
Edmonton AM 1260
May 1, 2013

Lowdown with Lowetide

Rob Vollman joins Lowetide Allan Mitchell with a quick reminder about what Player Usage Charts are all about, before diving into a discussion about how great Taylor Hall is, especially in contrast to the rest of the team. Unfortunately the analytics weren't as kind to the second line of Sam Gagner and Nail Yakupov, and the rest of the team.
 
Moving on past the Oilers, the next discussion was what the analytics say about who is going to go deep this post-season, especially as it relates to possession statistics.  After highlighting the good teams, this line of discussion almost inevitably leads to a harsh criticism of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
 
Hockey Prospectus Radio
April 30, 2013

Hockey Prospectus

 
Rob Vollman and Jonathan Willis join hosts Matthew Coller and Timo Seppa on the 27th episode of Hockey Prospectus radio to preview the playoffs for the Western Conference.
 
First up is the Chicago-Minnesota series, which was universally seen as a very one-sided contest and potential sweep candidate.  The Anaheim Ducks were seen as an underdog to the Detroit Red Wings, while the Los Angeles-St. Louis series was seen as a very even and exciting match-up of strong possession-based teams.  The Vancouver-San Jose match up was explored last.
 
After the Western preview was complete, there was enough time for a quick roundtable of who is the most likely team to advance out of the West, and who everyone expects them to meet out of the East.
 
Hockey Night in Canada Radio
March 27, 2013 
 

Hockey Night in Canada

Or Listen at CBC Radio.
 
Rob Vollman's first appearance on NHL Network radio is with Elliott Friedman and Kelly Hrudey, the latter of whom explains how they met, and how he went from skeptic to believer after just a one-hour coffee.  Friedman then summarizes Player Usage Charts, which is now available in an interactive, automated fashion on Vollman's web site, thanks to visualization expert Robb Tufts.
 
After that the discussion focuses on to what extent NHL front offices are using some of the newer, non-traditional hockey statistics, like Corsi.  Vollman is then asked specifically about Jay Bouwmeester, and how these statistics highlight his solid play (before his audio gets scratchy).
 
Edmonton AM 1260
March 16, 2013
 

Lowetide at High Noon

Rob Vollman jumps in at the two and a half minute mark, opening with a quick reminder of what Player Usage Charts are.  Then they dive into a look at the Oilers, and how the veterans and youngsters have been used differently this season.
 
Lowetide also observed how Edmonton's Player Usage Chart seems to predict who is about to get sent down to the minors, and asks if that patterns holds up league-wide.  After talking briefly about the history of Player Usage Charts, its limitations, how they're best used and where to find them, Lowetide asks to what extent teams are taking possession seriously, which triggers a little bit of a rant on Vollman's part.
 
Hashtag Hockey Ep 6
February 25, 2013
 

Hashtag Hockey

 
At around the six and a half minute mark Rob Vollman joins Bob Spencer on the sixth episode of Hashtag hockey.  His appearance begins with a brief history of Rob Vollman's involvement in statistical hockey analysis. 
 
Bob then dives into his collection of questions for Vollman, including the reasoning behind making all this data available, how to develop statistics that are accessible and relevant, naming conventions for statistics, and how the field has grown, and what's coming next.
 
The appearance wraps up with a discussion about fantasy hockey, and then some rapid-fire word association.
 
102.5 The Game Nashville
February 18, 2013
 

102.5 the Game

Or Listen on YouTube.
 
Rob Vollman joins Willy Daunic on 102.5 The Game Nashville Predators February 18th 2013 to discuss Ryan O'Reilly, Nashville's struggles with puck possession, the split up of Shea Weber and Ryan Suter, and the great start for Colin Wilson.
 
6th Sens Podcast
December 12, 2012
 

6th Sens

Or listen on YouTube (part one and part two)
 
Robert Vollman joins Graeme Nichols and Graham Creech on the 6th Sens Podcast December 12, 2012 to talk about Hockey Prospectus 2012-13.
 
Robert Vollman presents his controversial argument against patience, and in favour of moving some picks and prospects to get elite talent now to move closer to his proposed model of a successful NHL team.  Then they move on to take a look at Erik Karlsson, potential break-out players, and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
 
Hockey Prospectus Radio
December 3, 2012
 

Hockey Prospectus

Or listen on YouTube (part one and part two)
 
Rob Vollman joins hosts Matthew Coller and Timo Seppa on the 21st episode of Hockey Prospectus radio.  This first part opens with a joke before Rob introduces potentially the next big hockey metric: Player Usage Charts, available in the Hockey Prospectus 2012-13 book for the first time.  They have a great Q&A about what these charts are and how they work, and even use them to add clarity to last year's Calder trophy race and today's most underrated defensemen.
 
Then the panel discusses the team essays in the Hockey Prospectus 2012-13 book, starting with which teams might be this year's "Anaheim Ducks" - teams we predicted were due for a tumble once their luck fizzled.  On the flip side, they also take a look at the Los Angeles Kings and what they needed to do to be Stanley Cup champions.  Matthew Coller closes out the segment with a question on what impact a shortened season might have on the final standings.
 
AM 1260 Edmonton Sports
July 14, 2012
 

Lowetide at High Noon

Or listen on YouTube.
 
Allan Mitchell (aka Lowetide) had a fantastic show, including a final segment discussing Player Usage Charts and what they say about the Edmonton Oilers featuring Rob Vollman. They look at how it shed light on the Calder Trophy race between Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Gabriel Landeskog, how it highlighted the tough minutes played by players like Horcoff, and the impact the play of Ladislav Smid and Jeff Petry might have had on the trade that sent Tom Gilbert away for Nick Schultz. Lots of other great discussion, like the potential of how Paajarvi can be used in the future. 
 
Hockey Prospectus Radio
May 29, 2012
 

Hockey Prospectus

Or listen on YouTube (part one and part two)
Rob Vollman joins Matthew Coller and Timo Seppa Hockey Prospectus Radio to discuss the Los Angeles Kings vs New Jersey Devils Stanley Cup Finals. Rob Vollman explains how Los Angeles made the Stanley Cup Finals despite not being a high-scoring team, and they also discuss the changes to the team since coach Darryl Sutter took over, and what makes Jonathan Quick so special - his consistency. This first part then concludes with some discussion about their special teams, Dustin Penner - why he's been successful and why his success might continue, some of L.A.'s mistakes over the years and how this will ultimately prove to be a great series.
 
This appearance continues with Timo Seppa discussing how he's come around on players  like Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown, and solicits Rob Vollman's analytical take on  them, who explains why Kopitar should have been a Selke finalist, and whether he will be a future Hart finalist. He and Timo Seppa may argue about Dustin Brown's embellishment but agree on his fine defensive and special teams play, and how he's actually the type of player that made New Jersey Devils successful back in their day.
 
The segment concludes with his prediction, Los Angeles Kings in seven games, and what would have to happen for the New Jersey Devils to win instead, and why that's not as likely an outcome. 
 
6th Sens Podcast
April 2, 2012
 

6th Sens

Or listen on YouTube (part one and part two)
 
Robert Vollman joins Graeme Nichols and Graham Creech on the 6th Sens Podcast April 2, 2012 to talk about the NHL playoffs.
 
Robert Vollman provides some good news - the Senators are not heavy underdogs against the NY Rangers. Even if all of Ottawa's offense is coming from four players that the Rangers have the ability to shut down, they do have a slight edge in puck possession. The discussion includes an exploration of line matching, goaltending, the physical game, the type of unheralded players that might catch fire and what to expect from Erik Karlsson.
 
Then Vollman takes a look at the Norris race between Erik Karlsson and Alex Pietrangelo, and the Calder race between Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Gabriel Landeskog, which leads to a great discussion on the different types of defensive statistics and how hard it is to make compelling statistical arguments about a player's defensive play.
 
Robert Vollman's appearance wraps up with some miscellaneous discussions about the Calgary Flames' Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff, whether you need to have a big name in nets, and the year-end articles he's got coming up.
 
Hockey Prospectus Radio
March 25, 2012
 

Hockey Prospectus

Or listen on YouTube (part one and part two)
Robert Vollman joins Matthew Coller and Timo Seppa for episode 13 on Hockey Prospectus radio.
 
Initially they discuss Alexander Radulov and KHL-to-NHL league translations, and whether that makes Nashville the best team in the West. They discuss Nashville's style, and the effect of not being a puck possession team.
 
Next they move on the Toronto Maple Leafs, and what went wrong, including their lack of value players, according to GVT.
 
This starts with a discussion of Ilya Bryzgalov and the risk of long-term contracts. While talking about the Philadelphia Flyers, Robert Vollman describes the three types of playoff teams and what kind of goaltending they need, which led to a discussion of the Ottawa Senators, Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals.
 
Next up Robert Vollman answers a question about his take on Mike Smith and Brian Ellliott, which flows into a discussion about the difficulty in statistically measuring goalie performance. For example, goalie consistency, which is explained using Henrik Lundqvist and Quality Starts, and what all that might mean for the post-season. The session is wrapped up with a classic Chris Chelios joke.
 
NHLNumbers Trade Deadline
February 27, 2012
 

NHL Numbers

Or listen on YouTube (parts one, two, three and four)
 
Robert Vollman joins the NHL Numbers Podcast team of Kent Wilson, producter Justin Azevedo and famed pundit Jonathan Willis for the NHL Trade Deadline. They talk about the Jeff Carter deal, goalies, some of the lesser moves, and finally the biggest tade deadline deals in history.
 
102.5 The Game
February 24, 2012
 

Nashville 102.5 The Game

Or listen on YouTube.
 
Robert Vollman checks in with Willy Daunic on 102.5 The Game Nashville February 24, 2012, moments before a shoot-out loss to the St. Louis Blues. They discuss his accurate forecasting of Nashville's acquisition of Hal Gill, whether Ales Hemsky might be the next piece, the possibility of Jeff Carter heading to Los Angeles (which happened a few hours later) and what some of the playoff bubble teams, like Los Angeles, Calgary, Toronto and Washington ought to be doing.
 
102.5 The Game
February 2, 2012
 

Nashville 102.5 The Game

Or listen on YouTube.
 
Robert Vollman joins Willy Daunic on Nashville 102.5 The Game February 2nd, 2012 as the Predators get set to play the Philadelphia Flyers. They discuss upcoming trade deadline possibilities for the Predators, Flyers and the teams in the Central Division, and recap the play-off picture in the West.
 
102.5 The Game
January 19, 2012

Nashville 102.5 The Game

Or listen on YouTube.

Flat on the heels of his ESPN piece on 2nd Half Slumps, Robert "Buzzkill" Vollman drops in on 102.5 Nashville the Game to answer to Willy Daunic and Tom Callahan for having the Nashville Predators 2nd on the list. Also covered are the other teams whose fortunes may change in the 2nd half, including the Rangers, Flyers, Stars, Panthers, Hurricanes, Capitals and Blue Jackets.

Robert Vollman also takes a moment to comment on their latest acquistion Brandon Yip, why he's an interesting statistical case, and why he might not have a tremendous impact in a Preds uniform
 
102.5 The Game
December 30, 2011

Nashville 102.5 The Game

Or listen on YouTube.

Willy Daunic of Nashville Predators 102.5 The Game checks in with Robert Vollman to chat about how Nashville might perform without Shea Weber, what to expect from some of their rookies like Ryan Ellis, and a quick rule of thumb of how to tell if Nashville (or any other team) can expect to continue to produce with the man advantage.

Then it's a quick look around the league including a bit more detail as to how Robert Vollman knew the Minnesota Wild would fall back into the back so quickly, and who might be next - both to fall and to rise. Speaking of rising, why Vollman feels that St. Louis might have done just as well had they kept Davis Payne.
 
102.5 The Game
December 10, 2011

Nashville 102.5 The Game

Or listen on YouTube.

Robert Vollman joins 102.5 the Game with Willy Daunic, Tom Callahan and Stu Grimson during the pre-game show as the Nashville Predators prepare to take on the Anaheim Ducks.  They discuss why the Anaheim Ducks are struggling, including with possession, forward depth and age on their blue line, and whether or not the coaching change from Randy Carlyle to Bruce Boudreau will make a different.

As always, Robert Vollman also goes around the league looking at which teams might also soon be in for either a drop, like potentially the Minnesota Wild, or a big improvement. 
 
NHL Numbers Podcast, Epis.3
November 2011
 

NHL Numbers

Or listen on YouTube (part one and part two)
Robert Vollman joins Kent Wilson, Jonathan Willis and Justin Azevedo, the NHLNumbers Podcast crew, to talk about the current state of hockey statistics. 
 
Tune in to hear how Robert Vollman got his start in the world of hockey analytics,
and answer questions about some of his more popular creations including Quality Starts, GVS and Snepsts.  Later in the podcast hosts Kent Wilson, Jonathan Willis and Justin Azevedo ask Robert Vollman questions about modern  advanced hockey statistics, like GVT (Goals Versus Threshold) and his Snepsts  System of projecting future scoring by finding similar historical players, all of which he answers in his insightful and humourous style.
 
 
102.5 The Game
November 8, 2011
 
Listen on YouTube.
 
Hosts Willy Daunic and Tom Callahan welcomed favoured guest Robert "Buzzkill" Vollman back to the Nashville Predators pre-game show to answer questions on a variety of topics, including Pekka Rinne's new contract and Ken Hitchcock's hiring as head coach of the St. Louis Blues. 
 
Other topics included the impact of Nashville getting outshot, the early struggles of the divisional rivals in Columbus, and a quick review of the other surprise starts around the Western Conference.
 
104.5 The Zone
June 6, 2011
 

Nashville 104.5 The Zone

Or listen on YouTube 
Robert Vollman joins 104.5 The Zone during the 2011 off-season to discuss Shea Weber's potential value in the open market, comparing his advanced statistics to similar players.
Vollman also answered questions about how his contract might influence the futures of teammates Ryan Suter and Pekka Rinne. Ultimately the 26-year-old Predator signed a one year deal for $7,500,000 - far more than Vollman calculated.
.