Dec 10, 2013; Sunrise, FL, USA; Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock in overtime against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. The Panthers won 3-2 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings Searching For An Analytics Guru?

The Toronto Maple Leafs hired analytic guru Kyle Dubas to be their assistant GM after spending three years as the GM of the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

Now it seems the Detroit Red Wings could be in the market for an analytics guru.

There are some NHL guys who denote the use of advanced stats, but there will always be a push back when new stats a developed for the game that can work for or against the eye test. The push back  happened in the MLB for years and to an extent in NFL , as well. Now both leagues are miles ahead of the NHL in this department.

Analytics are not the be all end all for discussing the play on the ice because the old ways still have merit and no matter how many advanced stats you have nothing can measure intangibles, but adding additional information to help assist in a decision is always a positive.

Dan Rosen of NHL.com picked up this quote from Mike Babcock.

“I’ve seen so many analytics presentations it’s not even funny,” Babcock said. “Some of them have been very impressive and some of them I wasn’t as impressed with, but I love the information. I absolutely love the information. We’re in the information business, so how do you get it? And then you have to use your expertise to sort it out.”

The ending of that quote is significant because Mike Babcock is basically saying that while getting the information is always a positive, it is not always correct or applicable to the team when on the ice.

Unlike the Leafs, I doubt the Red Wings would make him an assistant GM or give him much real power, but he would help Holland and Co. with important player decisions with free agents and re-signings or Mike Babcock with his line-up.

This would be an exciting move by Detroit and would bring them into the twenty-first century.

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