Stefan Wolejszo over the past year has written at a compelling blog called “Integrating Hockey Analysis”. With a background in analyzing both qualitative and quantitative variables, and research and expertise in sociology, Stefan made some very intriguing points on how to avoid the heated analyst/purist debate that has permeated the blogosphere and Twitter over the past few years. He has also done a great job of describing ways in which a team could incorporate analysis of latent variables (often referred to as intangibles) into evaluation of players and teams.
Stefan recently concluded the blog with this great summary piece, and it’s definitely worth reading that, and if you have interest, going back through his archives as I have. While it may not have gotten the most widespread attention, these posts contain some absolutely critical bits of insight. Check them out.