Text Mining of Scouting Reports as a Novel Data Source for Improving NHL Draft Analytics

By Timo Seppa, Michael E. Schuckers, Mike Rovito Abstract Combining performance data (“stats”) and scouting information is the Holy Grail of sports analytics. In this paper, we develop a methodology to combine scouting report information with performance metrics to improve Continue reading Text Mining of Scouting Reports as a Novel Data Source for Improving NHL Draft Analytics

System Analysis: Digging deeper into Florida’s struggles

When the Florida Panthers revamped their defense over the offseason, the main focus was on acquiring mobile, puck-moving defensemen. The team targeted players like Keith Yandle, Jason Demers, and Mark Pysyk, who aren’t known for their physical prowess; they’re known Continue reading System Analysis: Digging deeper into Florida’s struggles

Looking deeper at the Florida Panthers’ struggles this season

The Florida Panthers have not been good this season. They finished first in their division last season, revamped their blue line, and had high expectations coming into 2016-2017. Things haven’t worked out, and they’re currently fifth in the division, with Continue reading Looking deeper at the Florida Panthers’ struggles this season

On the Detroit Red Wings, and their apparent problems with youth

The Detroit Red Wings have been toiling in mediocrity ever since 2009, the year after they won the Stanley Cup. They’ve managed to maintain their 25 season long playoff streak, but haven’t advanced past the second round. The way that they’ve Continue reading On the Detroit Red Wings, and their apparent problems with youth

2016-17 Prospect Guidebook Available (now with 16-17 NHL Projections)

The Hockey Prospectus Guidebook is NOW available. The Hockey Prospectus team spent the last year tracking each team’s prospect system and banded together to provide NHL fans with the most comprehensive breakdowns of every prospect in hockey. Who is the Continue reading 2016-17 Prospect Guidebook Available (now with 16-17 NHL Projections)

Developing Competitive Advantage: A Guiding Framework for Hockey Strategy

This article is being co-posted on Hockey Prospectus as well as on my own site, OriginalSixAnalytics.com. Find me @OrgSixAnalytics on twitter. I often write about concepts tied to finance – valuation, forecasting, salary cap management, player transactions, and contract negotiations Continue reading Developing Competitive Advantage: A Guiding Framework for Hockey Strategy

It’s a Two-Way Street: Examining the Relationship between Culture, Performance, and Narratives

I am lucky enough to play college hockey, on a team that is reasonably competitive. Our most recent season, we went into the regional tournament as the highest ranked team in the South (the top two teams get a bye Continue reading It’s a Two-Way Street: Examining the Relationship between Culture, Performance, and Narratives