by Andrew Rothstein
Darcy Norman, a friend of Puck Prospectus, has just published a book that looks into the application of advanced statistics in the game of hockey and dispells common myths about the current state of the NHL. I’m not sure if this book will end up having as big of an impact as Michael Lewis’ Moneyball had, but HockeyNomics has the potential to alter the perceptions of mainstream hockey fans everywhere.
Darcy takes a look at the objective evaluation of players, the analyzation of defense, whether Martin Brodeur is overrated, how much a penalty costs a team, which team gets the most value out of its players based on payroll, the importance of luck, whether Alexander Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby will have a better career and the history of the hockey sabermetrics movement. References to Hockey Analytics’ Alan Ryder, Puck Prospectus’ Iain Fyffe and Puck Prospectus in general can all be found within the book. If you’re looking for a good read this Fall, this is one book you should certainly consider bringing home.