Capitals News: Barry Trotz, Brooks Laich Excited About NHL's Upcoming Technological Advancements

The unveiling of digitized player tracking early this season at the NHL All-Star Game has several members of the Washington Capitals thinking about what the little computerized chips embedded and jerseys and pucks (along with the nifty infrared cameras) will mean for the future of the game.

“I’d like to look at great games I had, and say geez, I skated six miles tonight at an average speed of 22 miles an hour,” an excited Brooks Laich said, via Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post. “That’s a lot of effort on a great night. Then say, a night when you weren’t as good, say I skated four miles at 16 miles an hour. Or after your shift length, once it hits 45 seconds, what’s your average speed?”

The innovations that will come along with Sportsvision CEO Hank Adams' ambitious rollout plan could be big things for player and team development in the eyes of Caps head coach Barry Trotz.

"All stats that you get, doesn’t matter what you get, all analytics are all vital in terms of what you have in a player,” Capitals Coach Barry Trotz said. “They’re information that you can help to improve a player in a team concept or maybe individually.”

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has declined comment on whether or not 2015-16 is a feasible date for the rollout to take place, but it's likely coming sooner rather than later despite the process being in its "embryonic stages" right now.

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