who cares. nothing wrong with scouting, nobody thinks there shouldn't be scouts. drafting a player with 5 points in 77 games because he showed fearlessness or whatever is I think the issue people take with overvaluing intangibles
i have fearlessness when I play beer league. i have heart. i stink

Patric Hornqvist and Brendan Gallagher have fearlessness and heart. they win puck battles, forecheck, and get dangerous scoring chances in front of the net. the intangibles lead to something tangible
the dumb part about Pierre's tirades were never that he doesn't like analytics - who cares about whether a 58 year old career hockey man has a hockeyviz subscription - but his unshakeable faith that intangible qualities in a player can't possibly translate tangible results...
...which is the whole point of valuing intangibles in the first place. you want to make your hockey team win more by drafting fearless players. if you didn't you would just draft 7 firefighters every year lol
yeah this is absolutely right. it's just gatekeeping. every field has it, including analytics. it's nothing unique, it's just that the justifications are becoming more desperate in this case

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