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Top 25 Under 25: Anthony DeAngelo

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The 1st round pick from this year's NHL Entry Draft cracks the top 20 in our countdown at number 19.

Eagles Compared to the NFL Average

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A look at statistics and rankings to see how the 2013 Eagles compared to the NFL Average.

2013-14 Lightning advanced stats through game 10

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The second fancy stats update for the 2013-2014 season focuses on scoring chances and neutral zone play (entries and exits).

Question of the week: What would you measure?

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Question of the week: If you could measure anything in hockey, what would it be and how would it work?

On Bobby Butler's benching

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Bobby Butler was a star at the end of last season. Two games into this season, he's already been a healthy scratch. What gives?

Sharks Gameday: Doubleplusungood

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The Sharks have some issues in the plus/minus department.

Thrashers Much Improved in the Plus-Minus Column

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The Thrashers are not normally a team with strong plus-minus stats, but this year has certainly been kinder to the boys in blue. Pavel Kubina is 3rd in the NHL at +16 and Nik Antropov is 4th at +14. Tobias Enstrom (+11), Marty Reasoner (+9), and Evander Kane (+9) are all in the top-30 in the league as well.

The Concept of Replacement Level and the Problem with Fielding Data

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Two interesting posts/dscussions at The Book Blog today. The first (the one linked above) begins as a discussion of J.C. Bradbury's claim that Garret Anderson is a league average player, but what is more interesting are the comments that follow regarding about whether or not replacement level is the proper baseline to use when valuing baseball players. The second has to do with the way batted balls are recorded in the data used in fielding metrics like UZR, plus/minus, PMR, etc., and the possible bias/inconsistency in that data, using Ichiro's defensive stats as an example.

"It’ll be neat to find out what the numbers are," said Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Vernon W...

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"It’ll be neat to find out what the numbers are," said Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Vernon Wells, who is known for smoothly tracking down deep fly balls. "It can be another tool to help you improve in areas of the game. People will learn about playing defense, which has gone by the wayside as people have cared so much about offense and hitting the ball out of the ballpark." Not that all players welcome the new numbers. A few lockers down, Wells’s teammate Scott Rolen — whose excellent defense and base running would presumably be evidenced by the tracking system — said: "I don’t believe that baseball is a game that can be encapsulated that way. That’s the beauty of the whole game."

From a cool article in the NY Times on Digital Tracking of Hit Location, Speed, Player Position (and more?). Irony At Work: Vernon Wells 2009: UZR: -19.9; Scott Rolen: +2.2 (+15.6 career). [h/t/: billexgordler]

Introducing Plus-Minus to Cal Hoops

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Is the plus-minus an effective tool for measuring basketball player's performance? How well will it work in a sample Cal basketball game?

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