Ryan has written extensively on hockey analytics since 2013. He has pioneered work in player evaluation and game strategy, leading the popular Passing Project for several seasons. Ryan has contributed on analytics and published new research at Hockey Graphs, but also has written on using data to better evaluate hockey tactics. He consulted for RIT Men’s Hockey Team from 2015 - 2018 and coached a 14U team as well. Ryan is a Certified Level III USA Hockey Coach. He has published a book you can buy on Amazon, Tape to Space: Redefining Modern Hockey Tactics, that draws on insights gained from data analysis to optimize how teams should play hockey.
Understanding the numbers will help you make decisions on your team's deployment and how you play.
While we hockey coaches like to consider ourselves innovators — if you’re here that means you want to learn and try new things — when the game is on the line we all naturally revert to what’s worked in the past. That counts double when it comes to the power play and other situations where we have a lot of control.
The most control you have as a coach starts when the puck is dropped on a power play. In practice, you control where your players skate on the breakout, how they enter the zone, and where they set up. Well, according to friend of the site Ryan Stimson, we haven’t been paying close enough attention to the numbers.
Analytics are a useful tool in our game. Understanding the numbers will help you make decisions on your team’s deployment and how you play. And for Stimson, numbers suggest there’s a more effective way to run our power play.
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