New York Islanders Daily: Russian Analytic System

Russian analytic system, Iceberg, is an ice hockey analytics platform. the New York Islanders are one of the teams that have bought in.

Remember the movie Moneyball, the story of the Oakland Athletics a small market baseball team tried to use analytics to compete in an unfair league? Well, Iceberg is similar to this and the New York Islanders are starting to use it.

Basically the rundown of this is a few installations of cameras and a compatible computer program that can analyze players. The analysis consists of skating speed and it helps chose which combinations of players to have on the ice.

Is this why Jack Capuano shuffles the lines so much?

Iceberg seems interesting but I’m not sure how the Islanders relate to a moneyball scenario. Their a team much closer to the cap ceiling than the cap floor.

The intriguing part is the possibility of finding a quality player based off these analytics on the cheap. The ironic part of this is that the Islanders have a lot of players who are paid more than their actual value. I’m looking at you Nikolai Kulemin, Mikail Grabovski and Anders Lee.

The biggest question I think is will it work? Honestly, there’s no way to tell. If the Islanders are one of the first NHL teams to use it and they win a cup in a few years maybe it catches on. If they flounder and stay at the bottom of the league, I don’t expect Iceberg to catch on. It’s a copycat league.

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