July 25 2016 12:33PM
There's cool new statistical research being done in the field of hockey all the time, and Arik Parnass' work on special teams is far from the exception. In this article, we'll be taking a Leafs-centric view of his recently-unveiled ZEFR Rate, which he's shown to be the most effective metric we have at evaluating powerplays so far.
July 25 2016 09:00AM
Sup, Oilers Nation? I'm here to let you in on a little secret today:
Jordan Eberle isn't elite.
Wanna know another secret, though? It totally, absolutely does not matter.
July 25 2016 09:00AM
Though the Canucks have been among the league's most active teams this off-season, the daunting reality is that they likely haven't done enough. For all their bluster, next year's team likely isn't good enough to make it to the dance.
That's why Canucks general manager Jim Benning is exploring the trade market for a quality winger to better their chances. He's not exactly been shy about it, either. The always candid (often, too candid) executive revealed to The Province that he's looking to add a winger with size and a scoring pedigree to shore up their offence.
Given the logjam on each wing and the question marks therein, that's not really a bad plan. Of course, that depends almost entirely on the player they trade for and what they surrender for their services. I've a few ideas in mind, though, so let's take a look at players the Canucks should consider.
July 24 2016 10:29AM
NHL equivalencies are a great way to put a bunch of players outside the NHL into a single category for the purposes of estimating offense. It is not perfect, but does act as a reasonable guideline for fans to project prospects into the immediate future. This year's NHLEs have one major issue, but once again give us a solid look at Edmonton's top forward prospects.
July 24 2016 07:00AM
On Friday, I looked at how Edmonton’s defencemen fared when played against the best opponents in the NHL last year. Immediately and repeatedly I was asked to show how newcomer Adam Larsson did in the same role.
The answer is that it’s complicated.