June 23 2016 05:00PM
(image courtesy of Aaron Bell and CHL Images)
This season, I spent 50 nights in Ontario Hockey League rinks, viewing and tracking draft eligible prospects. That data, in tandem with the observations of the players, was used in a series of “OHL Game Notes” posts over at Buckeye State Hockey. With the draft coming up, what better time to post all of the data, along with some charts and other notes about the prospects?
June 23 2016 10:11AM
It happens all the time: you look back at the selections in an NHL draft from a few seasons ago, notice someone with 400 NHL games under his resume amidst a sea of players with zero games played, and think “How did this guy go in the 5th round?”
June 17 2016 11:00AM
The San Jose Sharks are fresh off of their best season in franchise history. It didn’t have the storybook ending that fans had hoped for, but even reaching the Cup finals has to be considered a major leap forward for the franchise. But where do they go from here?
June 08 2016 11:00AM
Nashville built off of a strong 2014/15 season with a very good 2015/16, although to some it may have been considered a bit of a disappointment. The team made it to game seven of the Western Conference semi-finals, before ultimately bowing out to the Sharks, but finished with eight fewer points than the previous season. There were some scoring woes and, despite the addition of top centre Ryan Johansen from Columbus in a mid-season blockbuster, the team was unable to produce consistent results. On the whole, Nashville suffered from a bit of bad luck regarding shooting percentage, and subpar performances in net from Pekka Rinne and Carter Hutton. Had they performed as well as their expected goal metric indicated, we might be singing a different tune about Nashville’s final positioning this season.
May 24 2016 11:00AM
Coming into the 2015/16 season, there was a sense of optimism around the Columbus Blue Jackets. Their 2014/15 campaign was rife with injuries, even in the face of career seasons from Ryan Johansen and Nick Foligno. The team added Brandon Saad in the off-season, and with hopes of a healthy campaign from the majority of the team, many, many, many, many outlets pegged the Jackets to return to the playoff picture.
That positivity ended about eight games into the season, after a pathetic 0-8-0 start, resulting in the firing of head coach Todd Richards. In one of the more mocked moves of the season, the team decided to willingly give up a second round pick in order to hitch their wagon to John Tortorella as their long-term coaching solution. It didn’t help. Lack of depth and blueline scoring, an entirely inadequate defense, Sergei Bobrovsky forgetting how to goalie for large stretches, and the continuation of the injury woes from 2014/15 wreaked havoc on the Blue Jackets, submarining the team before October was even through.