I was reading J.J.'s review of the Rob Vollmann book "Hockey Abstract" and I realized, finally, that these "advanced stats", whatever they are, are here to stay. I should probably familiarize myself with them.
I posted a question similar to my title here on the comment section of that article but now I kind of wish I could delete it, because if you're reading that book, or a review of it, then you probably already believe that those stats are important--you're biased for them. I want to hear from people on both sides. The other sbnation blog that J.J. linked to in his review--I think it was a Toronto Maple Leaf's fanblog--featured a number of people arguing that advanced stats couldn't tell us anything of real importance. So what's the truth here? Numbers are very unambiguous, I don't think there can be any middle ground on this issue: Advanced stats either tell us something that the ones we use now can't tell us or...they're useless. Which is it?