While advanced statistics aren’t likely to inspire Michael Lewis to write a book on any of the handful of NHL teams that have begun to rely upon them to build their rosters, it’s become increasingly challenging for the anti-stats set to find a viable argument against the use of them for evaluation of talent. We’re probably still a few years away from your local Statler and Waldorf from tossing a “Corsi” or “GVT” around in a Monday morning Tim Horton’s hockey conversation, but the work that guys like Gabriel Desjardins have been doing for a few years has penetrated both mainstream hockey coverage and NHL executive offices.

James Mirtle penned two excellent pieces on advanced metrics at the Globe and Mail over the weekend, including an article examining the challenges that hockey’s sabermetrics have faced in catching on across the board, and a second article on the half-dozen or so NHL teams that have integrated ‘fancy stats’ into how they evaluate players. Both are well worth a read, even if the term “Moneypuck” is entirely insufferable.


David Perron is set to return to the St. Louis Blues as he works his way back from a November concussion. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

Scott Hartnell to visit cardiologist after experiencing elevated heart rate during exhibition game. [ESPN]

Wisniewski may go self-defense route to explain his actions that earned a hearing with Brendan Shanahan. [Columbus Dispatch]

With a clear mind, Jordin Tootoo believes 20 goals is a possibility. [Slam Sports]

Brad Boyes to sit two for hit to the head on Joe Colborne. [Kuklas Korner]

Jed Ortmeyer “dives” into the boards after hit from Matt Cooke? [Pensblog]

Nathan Horton hits the ice for first time since Cup Final concussion. [PHT]

Canucks release Owen Nolan after PTO. [TSN]

Big Bert goes between the legs in preseason shootout