HockeyTech is an on-ice data collection center that is employed by all 30 NHL teams, and now hockey’s 31st team announced their new partnership. Las Vegas is hoping to take advantage of the attention to detail HockeyTech is known for. In fact that is what CEO Stu Siegel dreamt about when HockeyTech was created. Tracking every on-ice detail.
I had a dream, really to figure out a way to track literally every event that happens on the ice. So think of it like an indoor GPS that could keep up with the high speed of hockey. -Stu Siegel, HockeyTech CEO
HockeyTech can be vital to an NHL franchise, especially those that use a heavy dose of advanced statistics. HockeyTech can assist Las Vegas with important on-ice data. Skating skills, stick handling, and players agility with the puck, can be breakthrough information for the George McPhee and company. Possibly skills that get missed by scouting alone.
Organizations rely on advanced scouting to find a player in Europe, the NCAA, or several other leagues. NHL teams are constantly looking for the next impact player that won’t cost much. Advanced information can help find that player. No longer should the human eye have the final say.
When I first became the CEO of the Florida Panthers, I was amazed at how we were making multi-million dollar decisions on players really based primarily on subjective information. Other than the basic stats that are available to the hockey world. Such as goals, assists, plus/minus, the primary source of data to make these player decisions is still a scout viewing players. -Siegel
Sure, every other NHL team employs HockeyTech, so in a way The Creator’s franchise doesn’t gain an edge. However, the advanced database company can analyze the Knights against every other NHL team. HockeyTech’s software can compare team by team.
“[Teams] might place a different emphasis on a certain part of the software, in terms of aggregating junior player information, who are prospects in their system, versus some teams that might want to know more about competitive players that they play against. -Colin Campbell, HockeyTech Chief Marketing Officer
Look, staying above the fray is what I’ve begged for since day one. I’ve ruffled feathers about the age of the staff, but my concern is with philosophy. It doesn’t matter the age of scout, as long as they’re always using what’s available. HockeyTech’s massive collection of player data can only help Las Vegas scouts find a needed skill. Hey, its always better than the alternative.
In the old days, they used to use notepads and clipboards and sit around and have coffee and say, ‘What do you think of this guy?”