Hello and welcome to Hashtag Hockey! I hope to grow this site to include a wealth of statistical information related to the great game of hockey. I am primarily interested in fantasy hockey, so the bulk of what I write about will be through a fantasy lens. However, since the NHL playoffs are just getting underway as I launch the site, I will definitely put some playoff spin on a lot of the early content.
Who is this guy and why should I care? To begin, here is a little bit about myself. I grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA (proud citizen of the State of Hockey,) but I currently live in Los Angeles, California, where the only hockey rinks are indoors. I am a professional research psychologist by trade and by training, which basically just means that I am interested in objectively studying human behavior and analyzing outcomes of different interventions.
I am also a lifelong sports fan, in particular hockey and baseball. In recent years, as advanced statistical analysis has gained traction, I realized that essentially, evaluating player performance is just another form of objectively studying human behavior and analyzing outcomes…sound familiar? I firmly believe that stats can help evaluate players because they are objective and nonbiased (although of course, Mark Twain would remind us that there are lies, damned lies, and statistics, but that’s another discussion for another day.)
What will you find on this site? One reason I love fantasy sports so much is that they allow people to make their own decisions about players and do their own analysis. There are lots of good fantasy hockey sites out there, but I wanted to put my own spin on things because I believe that there is a great opportunity to integrate statistical analysis to the game of fantasy hockey. This is a very interesting time for hockey analytics, as we are still learning about what kinds of stats are useful and which are not. The bulk of the content I produce will be directly tied into fantasy hockey strategy, but I will also try to do some metagame analysis, look at overall strategies, and hopefully start some discussions about the state of the game. I hope you have some familiarity with basic statistical principles, but if not, don’t sweat it. I will try to provide links to other articles that describe the stats that I use in my analysis, but I will also give short descriptions of the things I use.
Why start a fantasy hockey blog after the regular season? It may seem like an inopportune time to start a fantasy blog, given that the fantasy season has just completed! I admit that my timing isn’t the greatest, but on the other hand, I now have another full season’s worth of data to use. Plus, with the NHL playoffs just getting started, I can offer some analysis that will still apply to the “second season.” During this offseason, I plan to do a bunch of individual player profiles, as well as the usual fantasy analysis of sleepers and busts, best and worst values for next season, etc.
With the NHL playoffs set to begin in just a couple of days, I will begin my journey by looking at the goaltenders of the playoff teams. I do have a full time job so to begin I won’t be able to devote as much time as I would like to writing, but I will do my best to put up new content as fast as I can.
Thank you very much for visiting my new site, and please share your feedback with me, as well as any ideas for articles or analysis you would like to see!