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August 12 2016 05:00AM

ROUND-UP

Good chance Mitch Marner makes the Leafs, Jim Benning speaks in Van, 4 big questions heading into the season for Calgary, how will Lucic age over 7 years in Edmonton, working backwards to find Cup winners, identifying the best passers in the NHL, a Hall of Fame debate and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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LEON'S WINGMEN

Lowetide
August 11 2016 09:54PM

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Leon Draisaitl (in photo by Mark Williams) will be counted on to center a line that will no doubt feature a substantially lesser wingman than Taylor Hall. If Todd McLellan can find the soft minutes for his young center, who might we see playing wing with Leon?

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How the Flames goalies stack up within the Pacific Division

Ryan Pike
August 11 2016 12:00PM

Last year, the Calgary Flames had bad goaltending. How bad, you may ask? Well, they were the worst team in the entire National Hockey League in terms of even strength save percentage by over a third of a percentage point.

That's pretty bad.

So it's probably not shocking that Flames General Manager Brad Treliving went shopping for new goalies this offseason. After a busy summer attempting to upgrade his goalies, the big question is "did he?" In an effort to judge Treliving's summer moves in context, here's how Calgary's goalkeepers stack up relative to the other six teams in the Pacific Division.

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On handedness and the Maple Leafs' defence corps

Jeff Veillette
August 10 2016 01:13PM

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There's been a lot of talk about Matt Hunwick on the Leafs side of the internet in the past few days. Part of it comes from an interesting piece on Pension Plan Puppets from Arvind on Morgan Rielly's defensive partners, that largely came to the conclusion that his pairing with Hunwick was a bit of a tire fire. The next day, a post on /r/Leafs questioned the predictive qualities of Dominic Galamini's HERO chart visuals, citing the last two years that show up for Hunwick as proof that there's a lack of consistency.

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Passing Project: Dangerous Primary Shot Contributions

Loserpoints
August 10 2016 12:43PM


Readers of this post will probably be aware of the passing project headed by Ryan Stimson (@RK_Stimp). The idea behind the project is to track the passes that lead to a shot in NHL games. Volunteers track the players making the passes, the player taking the shot, the zone locations of the passes, the shot types and pass types for each shot in a given game. With this granularity of data, we can then begin to piece together which types of passing sequences are more likely to lead to goals than others. Ryan has already done some amazing work in this area over at Hockey Graphs. Reading those articles before proceeding with this piece will give a better idea of the context in which this piece is written. His first piece on playing behind the net can be found here and his second piece on neutral zone play can be found here.

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