September 29 2016 02:30PM
Image created by the great and wonderful Matt Henderson.
Well we’re inching closer to the start of the hockey season, but before we get there, it’s time for the Big Unveiling of the full 2016 NHL Entry pGPS data set.
Taking on the entire draft at once already produces a massive amount of information, but this year’s review is so replete with beautiful charts fashioned by our very own Petbugs, it would simply be outrageous to try to fit it into one article. That’s while we’ll be taking this journey one division at a time, with a league wide overview at the end.
Today we're diving into the division with the silliest name: the Metropolitan Division!
September 29 2016 01:15PM
The Calgary Flames and Johnny Gaudreau have been able to negotiate a contract extension since July 1, 2015. Understandably, they didn't sign a long-term extension when the forward had just a single season under his belt. Both sides wanted to see what he was before committing.
The 2015-16 came and went, and Gaudreau was one of the top players in the entire National Hockey League. The Flames have had the entire off-season to negotiate a deal with Gaudreau, and a report from the Calgary Sun's Eric Francis indicated that negotiations began in earnest in February. After nearly seven months of talks, nothing has been resolved, and the gap between the camps is reportedly close to $1.5 million: the Flames aiming for around $6.5 million, the Gaudreau camp around $8 million.
One potential sticking point for the Flames is the salary cap. However, it's entirely possible for the Flames to give Gaudreau an $8 million payday and still fit under the cap ceiling. Here's how it could work.
September 29 2016 10:33AM
This time, there's something on the line. Tonight, Team Canada will have a chance to put Team Europe behind them and get a chance to win their second consecutive World Cup of Hockey. Granted, it's been twelve years since the last one and only two players have returned for this tournament, but run with me here; we need something to get excited about.
Watch The Game Podcast
September 29 2016 10:12AM
Do you like hockey? Do you like listening to hockey writers talk about hockey? Are you in search of a new, fresh set of hosts to discuss it on a weekly basis with a guest?
Well then have we got the podcast for you!
Debuting today is a new hockey podcast here on NHLNumbers, known as "Watch The Game."
Co-hosted by the wonderful Sam Blazer (Associate Editor at WingsNation.com, and managing editor at BuckeyeStateHockey.com, amongst a bunch of other responsibilities), myself, and the occasional appearance by NHLNumbers Editor-In-Chief Cameron Lewis. In the future, we're looking to bring out the best and brightest hockey minds.
For our first episode, we've got Jeff Veillette, managing editor of TheLeafsNation.com and hockey content on the Nation Network as a whole, discussing the World Cup of Hockey.
If you desire, you can listen to it on either of the listening options below.
More listening options will be coming soon for future episodes!
If you've ever got anything of interest you think should be discussed on the podcast, feel free to shoot us a note on twitter @NHLNumbers.
New episode coming next Wednesday!
September 29 2016 09:19AM
It's well known that September is Jake Gardiner Appreciation Month. But did you know that Toronto has other defencemen? It's true. One of those defencemen is Morgan Rielly, the former 5th overall pick who recently played a major role on the exciting Young Guns team at the World Cup of Hockey. In fact, some people even think Morgan Rielly is better than Jake Gardiner. What a world!
I decided it was time to answer the question once and for all. This is the post that will end all arguments on Twitter, forever, I think. So I gathered a bunch of stats and put them in some charts and now you can see them.