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The Canucks Organization Believes in Advanced Stats; Why Shouldn't You?

The Canucks, according to Craig Custance, have "one foot in" regarding advanced statistics.

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Craig Custance recently wrote an article chronicling the usage of advanced statistics for all teams of all 4 major North American Sports. Regarding the Canucks, Custance said the team is "one foot in" regarding advanced statistics but implied that "Vancouver is doing more than the organization is publicly letting on" (

Jim Benning, the newly appointed GM, came from a Boston Bruins organization that is all in regarding advanced statistics. Additionally, assistant GM Laurence gilman, as Custance points out, "is a regular at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference and is fluent in hockey analytics." Clearly, something is brewing in Vancouver and the organization is full of believers.

In 2011, the Canucks had the 5th highest Corsi Percentage in the league and won the President's Trophy and made it to the Stanley Cup Finals. In 2012 and 2014, the Los Angeles Kings had the 2nd and 1st highest Corsi Percentage, respectively. They won the Cup in those years. Clearly, Corsi Percentage has an impact on Win Percentage. If the Canucks organization believes, why shouldn't you?