Stat Shot by Rob Vollman, Tom Awad & Iain Fyffe.
- BEST WAY TO BUILD A TEAM?
- WHAT DO A PLAYER’S JUNIOR NUMBERS TELL US?
- WHO IS THE BEST FACEOFF SPECIALIST?
- WHO IS THE BEST SHOT-BLOCKER?
- WHO IS THE BEST HITTER?
- WHO IS THE BEST PUCK STOPPER?
- EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SHOT-BASED METRICS (BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK)
- WHAT WAS THE MOST ONE-SIDED TRADE OF ALL TIME?
- QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
If any of those topics sound interesting to you, then I highly suggest you check this book out. Each chapter is lengthy, detailed, and very interesting. Although it’s an informative book, it was also an entertaining read. This isn’t written like a textbook, so don’t worry about that. Even though I’m very ingrained in the hockey analytics world, I did learn many things from this book. However, I believe that stat novices can pick up this book and understand it as well. They explain the basics before they jump into the specifics, so “newbies” will be able to follow along. The price is $12 for paperback at Amazon. I paid $8.99 for the digital version through iBooks.
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Also, be sure to check out Hockey Abstract. It’s a yearly book published by the same authors.