Hi folks - new around here. Going to take awhile to catch up on all the fantastic analysis that is out there these days, but I am certainly enjoying it. It is somewhat of a revelation to know that there are so many hockey-stat-geeks like me out there! People that understand why it would be necessary (and enjoyable) to track plus/minus stats in recreational ball hockey!
Just prior to the lockout I wrote a thesis on player productivity and salary determination in the NHL as part of the completion of my MA in Economics. I have to say - I am EXTREMELY envious of the data that is now available. To think of all the hours I could have saved when I was typing in information for minutes played from the hockey news yearbook!
It is certainly interesting to see how the changes in the game post-lockout have altered the concept of player productivity... but also, that even with all these wonderful new stats... no one is quite sure how the heck to seperate goaltending contributions.
Perhaps someday I'll go back and tweak my own models in light of the changes that have occurred in the more modern game, but until then... I'll just contribute on these boards with half-assed arguments based largely on assumption and subjectivity. :D