Brian Burke on Hockey Analytics – Agree or Disagree?

Brian Burke on Hockey Analytics – Agree or Disagree?

I found this clip interesting.

Part of my agrees, analytics is the poster child of arm chair enthusiasts and anybody who took a stats class in college. It’s a tool in the toolbox.

But part of my disagrees simply because, ironically, the stats on scouting shows that finding bonafide picks is a bit of a crapshoot. Take for instance Detroit and their run over the past 10-15 years of quality, late round picks. How did that happen? Did Detroit just draft better than everybody else? Well turns out not really, the work of a single scout could be attributed to their success. By in large the work of scouting is also a crapshoot, and you need that edge to find the picks that will make an impact.

Your thoughts?

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