October 21 2015 05:27PM
The 2014-15 season brought us a handful of surprising breakouts from some unexpected candidates. The Flames appeared to accelerate all the way through their rebuild and overcame terrible underlying metrics to make it all the way to the second round of the playoffs, the Islanders finally pulled it together after years in the league’s basement, and the Predators exploded into one of the juggernauts of the Western Conference.
This season, many expected breakouts to come from the Oilers or Sabres thanks to the additions of Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel at the draft in June, but the Panthers and Coyotes have been the ones turning heads so far. Is this legitimate, or are we just looking at a couple of unsustainable, hot starts?
October 20 2015 11:53AM
I think it’s safe to say that most hockey fans are generally aware of the most obviously dynamic top line combinations out there. Whether its Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn in Dallas, or Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek in Philadelphia, The Triplets in Tampa Bay or even The Not Your Average Joes in San Jose, there are some outright dominant units out there these days. If you're cheering for the team they're going up against, you're petrified every time they hit the ice. If you're an unbiased observer, you're probably tuning in just to get a head start on that night's highlight packages.
The aforementioned guys have been established for a while now, and have rightfully so earned their place amongst the league’s elite. But they’re also not the only ones putting in work this season. Through the first few weeks of the campaign we’ve seen a handful of newly put together, highly promising lines take the league by storm. In no particular order:
October 19 2015 02:05PM
Hockey is back, not only at the NHL level but across the globe. This means we can start getting a look at 2016 draft hopefuls. As we wrote about over at Hockey Graphs, we've been making some impressive progress with our PCS tool, so over the course of this multi-part series I'll take a look at how PCS views next year's draft hopefuls based on what they did in their 16-year-old season.
October 19 2015 12:00PM
We here at Canucks Army (specifically myself and MoneyPuck) are organizing the first Vancouver Hockey Analytics Conference (VanHAC) along with two Simon Fraser University professors, Tim Schwartz and Oliver Schulte. There have been a number of hockey analytics conferences around North America over the last few years, including in Ottawa, Pittsburgh, Washington DC and Rochester. Other than a few small meetups in Calgary and Edmonton, this will be the first truly West Coast Hockey Analytics Conference!
This conference will be held on Saturday, April 9th, 2016 at the Harbour Centre, in downtown Vancouver. It is an all day event and includes a data scraping workshop. There will be smaller activities planned that weekend, which we will update you on as the information is solidified.
For now, watch the Conference Website and if you are interested, make sure to register, as spaces are limited!
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October 18 2015 03:31PM
The Minnesota Wild are one of those teams that aren’t exactly in cap hell, but they’re dangling on the edge of it. As of right now, they’re pressed right up against the cap thanks to a handful of their core players owning massive free agent deals. In the next couple of years, the Wild will need to figure out new contracts for Mikael Granlund, Nino Niederreiter, Jared Spurgeon, and Matt Dumba among others, meaning they’ll have to make some difficult decisions regarding some expensive veteran players with declining production.