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Netcrashers Podcast
September 28, 2014

Netcrashers

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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
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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
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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
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
 
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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

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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.
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