Maple Leafs’ Reid Mitchell (Director of Hockey&Scouting Admin) talks Analytics in Hockey at UofT’s Sports Industry Conference

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Listen out for MLHS’ Anthony Petrielli asking the panel a question (at the 56:30 mark) about intangibles, which Reid Mitchell and Alex Rucker (Raptors’ Seniors Analytics Consultant) respond to.

Anthony will have some follow-up thoughts on today’s Conference in tomorrow’s Notebook. For full video of the other panel talks at today’s Sports Industry Conference, click here.

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  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Bring on LA!!

  • Jon5200

    LOVE seeing montreal get spanked tonite…………….

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Jon5200  need to capitalize on habs loss today

  • BingoDabber

    Nice question Anthony, I’m sure the “character” stuff in Reid’s response will get the analytics folks sharpening their pitchforks.

  • Komas Taberle

    Jon5200  
    From Vanek to Panic in less than a week!

  • Authentic_Leaf

    Thank you for posting this video, extremely educational.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Regarding Anthony’s question about intangibles….I would have singled out Clarkson rather than Bozak.  I think Bozak has proven to be worth every penny of his contract (and then some as it will be a steal of a deal for years to come).  I’m not certain Clarkson will be viewed in the same manner or that his intangibles help make up for his lack of production.  Sure, he scraps now and then (nothing major though)….he’s a team guy and all…..but what else are his intangibles??  I’m hoping that once he settles in and plays regularly with regular linemates that things will pick up for him.  The suspensions and injuries certainly have not helped his cause.  Hoping to see his intangibles put to work for the playoffs.

  • Anthony Petrielli

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan  Thought I’d get the “has had a bad first year due to extenuating circumstances” crap

  • Savo43

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan  He tries to carry the puck through sticks eh? Friggin annoying. Once he starts using his teammates off the rush, he’ll start to generate a groove in the oppositions zone. Because he makes such dumb moves in the neutral zone and at the oppositions blueline though, he doesn’t have any confidence with the puck when he finally has it in the oppositions zone. Dude needs a hell of a offseason, or he needs to wake up in practice before he starts on the 4th line. Frustrating fackkk!!

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Anthony Petrielli Bon Scott was a Leaf fan  
    There have been a lot of extenuating circumstances where Clarkson is concerned (right from the get go).  I’m hoping things will level out though….and his “intangibles” will start to kick in.

  • Burtonboy

    Fuck the scabs

  • MaxwellHowe

    Speaking of intangibles, and I’ve raised this before – is Dave Bolland essentially engaged in a hold out?  I don’t mean in a direct sense, but I recall the contract negotiations were going to start during the Olympic break, but then nothing happened.  I wonder if this is a Mexican stand-off we’re watching.  Nonis doesn’t want to talk contract until he sees if Bolland can recover from his injury – and Bolland doesn’t want to play poorly (as might be expected if his skating is hindered) or risk aggravating the injury without a contract in hand.  It all seems mysterious to me.

  • Burtonboy

    MaxwellHowe  You’re not alone in that thinking . Dave Feschuk of the Star feels much the same way.

    http://www.thestar.com/sports/leafs/2014/03/07/leaf_dave_bollands_injury_saga_not_cut_and_dried_feschuk.html

  • MaxwellHowe

    Burtonboy MaxwellHowe Just finished skimming thru.  Feschuk does provide a good outline of the continued problems Bolland is said to be facing with that injury.  Having said that, I can’t help but feel that Bolland is being more than a little extra super cautious here – and he is doing that based primarily on his free agent status.  I don’t blame the guy, he only has a few years to make the big money.
    But if Feschuk’s description of the injury and the unknowns is accurate, Nonis has to seriously consider giving Bolland a short term offer and letting him walk if he seeks more.

  • Burtonboy

    MaxwellHowe Burtonboy  The issues are related to the strength in that area. Bolland has said himself he doesn’t want to be a liability on the ice and neither do I. Nonis has also said its not a matter of full recovery or the possibility not returning to form . The medical people have assured him that’s not the case . Its more a matter of building strength in the tendon.  I don’t however buy into the theory this is somehow contract related. That raises all kinds of questions about the man’s character.

  • phaneufoundlander

    APB Just released.

    The Hab-nots have released an APB!! Looking
    for a man by the name of Thomas Vanek, also goes
    by the alias name Thomas Vanish! He is Approx 6″2  and over 200 lbs. He has not been seen for 3 games and the team is very worried;  with games getting tighter and more physical down the stretch that
    he will not re-appear.  He may be wearing skates and could be armed with a hockey stick but he is not considered dangerous. Police are encouraging people to call their local Police department if they spot him.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Burtonboy MaxwellHowe I don’t agree, I don’t beleiee it raises any question about his character.  When he’s on the ice he works hard, give 100% , sure.  But off the ice when it comes to comntract issues, to me, its a matter of business, and it would be foolhardy for him to do anything to risk his summer payday.

  • MaxwellHowe

    phaneufoundlander Vanek is a pure rental.  He has no intentions of returning to Montreal and would probably be fine with ending his season in early April.  I’m convinced the Habs only got him to ensure the Leafs did not.  Hope he continues to suck and Colliberg turns into a star for the Isles.

  • Burtonboy

    MaxwellHowe Burtonboy  Sorry man. I don’t buy that for one minute  If his teammates ever thought for one minute he was putting his financial situation ahead of the team there would be a major problem .

  • phaneufoundlander

    MaxwellHowe phaneufoundlander  I’m loving every minute of it…the fans think Zoolander is a hero…it was quiet last night at the Bell center…just the way I like it.

  • Cameron19

    MaxwellHowe phaneufoundlander  Good teams don’t add huge names to their team at the deadline.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Burtonboy MaxwellHowe Regardless, how do you think Nonis should approach the contract negotiations? Certainly seems to me that he has put it off to the summer.

  • Burtonboy

    Cameron19 MaxwellHowe phaneufoundlander  Mostly because they already have them lol

  • Burtonboy

    MaxwellHowe Burtonboy  I’m reasonably sure they have put things off till after the season

  • MaxwellHowe

    Burtonboy MaxwellHowe Well if Bolland comes back this season, he is certainly going to have extra motivation to perform.  Nice to have a few guys with that extra motivation – Kulimen, Gardiner, Franson, McClement, now Bolland.

  • Jon5200

    Good morning fellow die hards!!  Now……is it…….’dont panic here comes Vanek’ or, ‘start to panic here comes Vanek!’…….there is a reason this guy is on his 3rd team this season!!  I LUV the habs picture below……no price + no gorges + no depth = NO WINS……GO LEAFS GO

  • MaxwellHowe

    Cameron19 Well Montreal is certainly not a good team, but only last year the Pens added Iginla – and a lot of good teams – like the Ducks – were in on Vanek apprently

  • mcloki

    Mornign Gents. I’m hoping for a Leaf victory tonight.

  • Cameron19

    Burtonboy Cameron19 MaxwellHowe phaneufoundlander  Yes, and because there’s no time to create chemistry when you join a line-up that late. Your best deadline additions are role players who can fill a specific niche.

  • MaxwellHowe

    mcloki Going out on a limb.  The Leafs are going to blow out the Kings.  They were embarassed in San Jose and the Kings are ready for a let down game.  7-1.  Book it.

  • dlb eh

    Anthony Petrielli
    there are only two replies.  that “crap” or “we made a mistake”.  did they make a mistake?
    Clarkson has had a few games where he looked every bit the player he was brought in to be, but due to extenuating circumstances he’s been unable to be that guy often enough.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Cameron19 Burtonboy MaxwellHowe phaneufoundlander I tend to agree

  • dlb eh

    character is a good word. Leafs have drafted a lot of captains the last few years. seems they focus on the non-statisctic measures when drafting quite often.

  • Cameron19

    MaxwellHowe Cameron19 Burtonboy phaneufoundlander  Adding a good D probably doesn’t hurt, either. When Boston won the Cup, they added Peverley and Seidenberg at the expense of Stuart and Wheeler (and a 1st, I believe) – a role playing center and a top 4 D.  Pittsburgh added veteran experience in Fedetenko and Guerin. I don’t think Chicago did anything last year, but they added Oduya the year before, and kept him.

  • Jon5200

    I LUV playing teams that have been on long winning streaks….like LA…..also, i like playing teams coming home from a road trip……u know what they say about that 1st game back after a road trip, always seems to be a bit of a let down………..4-2 Leafs….BOOK IT !!!

  • dlb eh

    that’s a long time to sit in a room like that…and to ask a question that long into it…all i can say is good for you, man.  get the most you can from that brain of yours while you’re young.  when you get to the top of the hill something goes on somewhere.  um.  forget it.

  • sniperstar

    CanuckUKinToronto dlb eh  I think you are already seeing it a bit with the Verhaghe pick and Brown pick.

  • dlb eh

    CanuckUKinToronto
    i can’t say LA without thinking Bran Van.  fuck me it’s torture.

  • happy_gilmour

    dlb eh  I think Character guys take a bit to develop for certain roles, and given Burkie did that (his whole thing about drafting captains), now it’s time to gamble on some talent (e.g. Gauthier should’ve been the last “safe” drafting in the first round for a few years)

  • Burtonboy

    Hahahaha   Listen to the Fan this morning and we’re the worse team in hockey said Mitchell

  • sniperstar

    CanuckUKinToronto dlb eh  Yeah for sure. We seem to have an in on European defence man but can’t draft a high calibre forward in the later rounds to save our life.

  • happy_gilmour

    CanuckUKinToronto happy_gilmour dlb eh  Not sure he will… but would absolutely love it!

  • sniperstar

    dlb eh Anthony Petrielli  He’s been better as of late I think. Going to the net more and mucking it up.

  • Burtonboy

    CanuckUKinToronto Burtonboy  Its obvious from that comment the Leafs are listening .lol

  • sniperstar

    happy_gilmour CanuckUKinToronto dlb eh  If he turns into a 40-50 point shutdown C I’m quite happy with the pick. The guy has the size we’ve always wanted down the middle and would be capable of playing against the other team’s top lines with his defensive acumen. It’s a matter of how far he can progress his offensive game now.

  • sniperstar

    mcloki  Why hope? We all know it’s coming.

  • Mind Bomb

    Morning Folks !

  • dlb eh

    Murph2417
    i need Bernier’s rebound control to stop the momentum

  • happy_gilmour

    sniperstar happy_gilmour CanuckUKinToronto dlb eh  40-50 points would be amazing for a shut down C… but 40-50 points while shutting down elite talent takes elite talent and is extremely hard… here’s hoping!

  • dlb eh

    CanuckUKinToronto
    the key is always two-fold.  draft the kids that have the potential to be special, then keeping the right ones (as opposed to trading those “Sharp” players away)