WJC Canada Postgame: Canada takes care of business in dominant showing against Slovakia

Cam Lewis
December 27 2016 08:38PM

Not sure if Team Canada is for real this year? Well, there you go. The Canadians laid an absolute beating on Slovakia Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre. They won 5-0, peppering the Slovaks with 44 shots for while surrendering only six against en route to their second win of the tournament. 

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Top to Bottom: Checking in with the standings after two months

Cam Lewis
December 14 2016 11:01AM

It's more of a 'Bottom to Top' but 'Top to Bottom' sounds better. This is an NHLNumbers monthly feature in which I'll do a dive into each team's underlying numbers to see if they match up with where they currently sit in the standings. Here's last month for reference. Stats via Hockey Analysis and Hockey Reference as of Dec. 12, 2016. 

It's been two months. At this point, for the most part, if you're bad, you're bad, and if you're good, you're good. We know that Colorado and Arizona are terrible, and we know that Washington and Pittsburgh are good. But what about Columbus and Philadelphia? Are those hot streaks just a bunch of nonsense? How about Dallas and the Islanders? Are they going to go back to where they were last year? Since we live in a world where more than half of the teams in the league make the playoffs and losing can still earn you a point, we have a very muddy playoff picture loaded with teams that are difficult to differentiate. 

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Future (Restricted) Free Agents: Leon Draisaitl

Cam Lewis
December 09 2016 09:00AM

With a three-point performance last night in Philadelphia, Leon Draisaitl upped his season total to 25 points, good for 15th in the league and second in the Pacific Division behind only teammate Connor McDavid. 

This is an excellent sign for the Oilers, obviously, because Draisaitl is producing like the player the organization hoped he would become when they drafted him with the third overall pick back in 2014. But with Draisaitl’s entry-level contract coming to an end this summer, the team is quickly going to have to determine whether or not he’s done enough to warrant a long-term contract.  

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The feasability of Kevin Shattenkirk's New York homecoming

Cam Lewis
December 07 2016 10:10AM

I wrote about Kevin Shattenkirk the other day as part of NHLN’s Future Free Agents series. With Brent Burns signed to an extension and off the market this summer, Shattenkirk easily becomes the class of 2017’s free agent defencemen by a country mile. He’s good, produces at an elite level, fancy stats, blah blah blah, all of that is obvious. We all know he’s an excellent player and most of the league will likely kick tires on him come July. 

But a common rumour that doesn’t seem to want to go away is the idea that Shattenkirk wants to return home to New York this summer and play for the Rangers. Elliotte Friedman mentioned this in 30 thoughts recently, other teams pulled out of trading for him because he wouldn’t sign an extension, and his damn Twitter profile explicitly says “New Yorker at heart.” 

I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I’ve got some insider knowledge on Kevin Shattenkrik and what he wants to do with his free agency this summer. What I will do, though, is take a look at the Rangers’ cap situation and try to determine if this whole thing is even feasible. 

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Future Free Agents: Kevin Shattenkirk

Cam Lewis
December 04 2016 02:06PM

Future Free Agents is a semi-regular feature on NHLNumbers profiling players from 2017's potential free agency class. 

Since Brent Burns inked a wooly mammoth of a contract extension with the San Jose Sharks a couple of weeks ago, the spotlight shifts to Kevin Shattenkirk

The St. Louis Blues’ right-handed, puck-moving defenceman is now far and away the best blue liner set to become available on the free agent market this summer. While Shattenkirk isn’t quite the generational talent that Burns is, he’s still one of the game’s best at producing offence from the blue line and would be a welcome addition to just about every team in the league. 

Unfortunately, if speculation is correct, there may actually only be one team he’s interested in playing for. 

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