One of the most compelling thing this could create for hockey is the justification of patterns in both players and teams. Take Ovechkin for example. His offensive game is oft criticized for being 1 dimensional in how he enters the offensive zone and what he tries to accomplish once there. If you could complile a seasons zone of tracking for his zone entries with and without the puck, and create a probability of what he may do, you have a very powerful coaching tool, both to help a player improve, and how to stop a player or team.
This all could be extrapolated to a team and the system that they play, what is a teams tendency when coming out of the corner, how to they want to cycle, how do teams breakout. It takes what we all see with out eye tests and quantifies the occurrences to tell us if what we saw was an aberration or a trend. The distinction can make all the difference in how you approach a team.
I know you can accomplish similar things in game tape review right now. But this is real time data, allowing a team to make mid period or intermission adjustments much faster than they would be able to do otherwise.
He was drafted out of the usndtp, he can play wherever the devils.wanted him too. Albany the Devils or juniors are all open. If he were drafted from his junior team going back to the q was the only.other option