May 25 2014 01:44PM
I've been working on this NHL draft selection database on and off over the past year. I've simply referred to it as a 'Draftbook'. It took a while to build it, clean it up, and then decide what to do with it... but now that it's 'finished' I've decided to simply post it online for everyone to download and use.
So what is it? Well, it's a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet of every player that has been drafted into the NHL since 1963. Data fields include draft position, player names, player positions, teams, height, weight, amateur teams and amateur leagues.
May 23 2014 02:48PM
It's Friday again and I know how much you guys look forward to the weekly Nation Drafts update! As expected, I have absolutely nothing happening in my pool since the only player I have left is Drew Doughty. It's a sad state of affairs. I can't even blame Chris Kelly anymore since the Bruins are out. The only thing that would make me happy is if one of you had Dan Carcillo on your roster since he, quite possibly, got the dumbest 10 game suspension in the history of ice. Elbowing a linesman for reasons unknown? Genius!
May 23 2014 08:32AM
In our last two AHL Calder Cup Possession Analysis we have looked at the first two rounds of the playoffs and tried to make a prediction on who is likely to win. A constant theme that has appeared, which is common knowledge amongst the hockey analytics people - in the playoffs your possession doesn't matter and your PDO is made up! Being "lucky" is what you need in these short samples.
For Conference Finals analysis, move on past the jump!
May 19 2014 10:38AM
Welcome back to another week of hockey related analytics links. I think The best way to develop your own research is to learn what other people are working on. With that in mind, here are a collection of links from the last week to help you think of new ideas. Or just to kill a slow day of reading at work.
This week we have a look at why zone entries matter, why penalties in game sevens aren't called, why trading Evgeni Malkin would be a bad idea for the Penguins and much more. Take a look after the jump.
May 16 2014 02:07PM
Another week is in the books and another star player is taking heat for not performing when it mattered most. Crosby had a tough second round, but so did a lot of the Penguins. If you had Crosby in your pool, like I did, he didn't exactly help out much in the standings. After jumping almost 100 spots last week, I was ready to stop blaming Chris Kelly and forgive him for me being stupid enough to pick him. Well, I'm falling again and I don't think even smashing into the concrete can stop my decline this time around.