Baseball has its Sabremetrics and the NFL has the brilliant work of footballoutsiders.com, but at this point, I think there's a real gap for the NHL. What makes good teams so good? What really counts, and in an era of free agency, where should a team spend its money? What makes for a good defensive team? Is it better to load up on a top line or roll four scoring lines?
I don't know if there are clear answers to these questions, but I think that it merits pursuing. So on this blog, I hope to build a real statistical database to set up what makes the NHL tick, and what teasm should do with their salary cap dollars.
Welcome to the Hockey Outsiders.