If you’re anything like me, the establishment of an analytics department at the Toronto Maple Leafs had you shaking in your boots. But fear not — TSN’s Darren Dreger knows that not much is going to change.
Why? Well, according to Dreger, the leafs have been dipping their toes in the Big Corsi pool for years now:
Hmm, interesting. To be honest, I always thought this was the case. You don’t go out and get Roman Polak, David Clarkson, and Tim Gleason without a careful examination of statistics, no matter how flawed I think they are.
And it’s not like management at the Leafs have repeatedly stated that they think Corsi is a useless stat or that they haven’t spent any money out of their analytics budget. It’s not like Dave Nonis has gone on the record as saying Corsi has no use in building a winning team, either.
Nope, this isn’t another instance of Dreger just carrying water for an unsuccessful general manager. He’s just stating the facts.
So don’t worry, guys. There may be a few more nerds at the Air Canada Centre, but nothing is going to change.