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)?.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 27, 2012
February 24, 2012
February 2, 2012
January 19, 2012
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.
December 30, 2011
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.
December 10, 2011
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.
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.
November 8, 2011
June 6, 2011