The Sports Analytics Department

Matthew Coller and analytics experts from across the for major sports dig into the truths that statistics reveal about football, hockey, baseball and basketball. If you think statistical analysis was just what you saw in Moneyball, well, you will learn a lot from this podcast. The Sports Analytics Department is for fans who love the deeper dive on the math behind the game, and that analytics revolution sweeping professional sports.


A top pick from Minnesota in the NHL and the Wild's prospect system (ep.22)

Ryan Wagman of McKeen's Hockey breaks down potential top draft pick Casey Mittelstadt, who went to Eden Prairie High School. How high could he be selected? What type of player might he become? Also, will Nolan Patrick be the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft? And how does the Wild's prospect system look? Will it affect Minnesota's plans for the expansion draft and contract extensions?
00:00:00 5/23/2017

Past Episodes

Matthew Coller talks with Pro Football Focus's Eric Eager to follow up on their pre-draft podcast. Statistically speaking, was moving up to take Dalvin Cook the right decision? What do the numbers say about Cook's potential in the NFL? Which draft pick did PFF not like? And which player is the statistical sleeper in the Vikings' draft?
00:00:00 5/4/2017
Inside the Pylon analyst Brandon Thorn joins Matthew Coller to talk about third-round pick Pat Elflein, who is expected to start on the Minnesota Vikings' offensive line as a rookie. Thorn breaks down what Elflein does best, how much he can improve the Vikings' line and how he projects in the future.
00:00:00 5/4/2017
Matthew Coller chats with hockey analytics expert Timo Seppa, who recently presented a study at the Ottawa Hockey Analytics Conference on the NHL Draft. Seppa, who has consulted for multiple NHL and NCAA teams, discovered that certain words in scouting reports correlate to success. Is it good to be called a "power forward?" Are effort and Hockey IQ just cliche or do they tell us something about whether a player will work out?
00:00:00 5/4/2017
Matthew Coller talks with Cian Fahey, author of the Pre-Snap Reads Quarterback Catalog. Matthew and Cian talk about Sam Bradford's impressive accuracy, his shortcomings and how the Vikings can get the most out of their quarterback. Also Matthew and Cian disagree on the most promising QB in this year's rookie class and talk about some bounce-back candidates for 2017.
00:00:00 5/2/2017
Matthew Coller talks with Pro Football Focus author Eric Eager about his historical analysis of the draft. Eager looked into the chances the Vikings get a good player in the second round and which position has the best chance to be a hit. Also, should the Vikings take a swing at a late-round QB?
00:00:00 4/19/2017
Matthew Coller talks with Baseball Prospectus writer Matthew Kory about the Twins 3-0 start and what would have to go right in order for Minnesota to be competitive this year? Could organizational philosophy lead to better results this year? How about the mediocre AL Central? How can we predict whether young players like Sano, Buxton and Barrios will break out?
00:00:00 4/7/2017
Matthew Coller talks with analytics writer Shane O'Donnell about the Wild's recent slump means to their chances in the postseason. How would the Wild match up with the Chicago Blackhawks if the two faceoff again in the playoffs? Can they handle Jonathan Toews with improved depth? Can the Wild trust Devan Dubnyk in the playoffs? Shane has a key to Dubnyk playing better come playoff time...
00:00:00 3/19/2017
Matthew Coller sits down with Dr. Justin Anderson of Premier Sport Psychology to discuss how sports psychology is a new frontier of sports information. How do brain functions affect how players react to success and failure? What mistakes are coaches making with these players? And how the value of culture and leadership can be quantified.
00:00:00 12/7/2016
Matthew Coller and Pro Football Focus writer Eric Eager dig into the reinvigorated career of Cordarrelle Patterson. How valuable is he to the Vikings offense? Also, should the Vikings have been drafting more offense linemen in recent years? How should we grade their drafts?
00:00:00 11/23/2016
Matthew Coller and ESPN Insider Shane O'Donnell discuss whether the strong start to Minnesota's season is legit and look at some of the hot or cold results to the beginning of the NHL season and whether they will be sustained. Can Edmonton keep winning? Will Chicago ever fall off?
00:00:00 11/11/2016

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