Why are fancy stats so controversial?- Since the announcement by the Oilers that they hired stats guru Tyler Dellow last week, the reaction to the hiring has hit a boiling point. On Saturday Jason Strudwick wrote a post on the topic at Oilers Nation. Yesterday, Derek Van Diest made a now infamous appearance on the morning show on TSN1260 which spawned reaction from Johnathan Willis at the Cult of Hockey and Ryan Batty at the Copper & Blue. This morning Dustin Nielsen focussed on the topic on the morning show on TSN1260. It could be due to the lack of Oilers related news in the middle of August, but the amount of anger flowing through the City of Champions between the fancy stats crowd and the traditionalists is almost overwhelming. Since all the new stats track (from the point of view of the average hockey fan) is puck possession, why are fancy stats so controversial?
Why I’m in MacT’s corner- When Craig Mactavish was moved into the GM’s chair last summer, I was like many Oilers’ fans and extremely skeptical. It seemed as though the Old Boys Network had struck again and we were in for more of the same. At the time it was very common to hear other fans criticizing the hire, but no-one had anything to base those criticisms on. On July 3rd of 2013 I wrote:
….the anti-Mactavish group is forming far too quickly and without reason. When compared to some of his contemporaries he hasn’t proven himself to be any worse. Ultimately, I’ll reserve judgement until the start of the playoffs next year.
Obviously the Oilers didn’t make the playoffs, but even so I would categorize myself as a Mactavish supporter.
I was going to leave a long comment on why I disagree with parts of Brody’s post from earlier today. However, I realized it would become on post onto itself, so here is my response.
I don’t agree that both the moves made by the Oilers yesterday were good; in fact, I don’t see how the trade of Devan Dubnyk for Matt Hendricks makes any sort of sense.