August 22 2016 01:00PM
When Boston selected defenseman Mark Stuart 21st overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, there was a lot of calibre to his name. The stay-at-home defender proved to be a strong performer at Colorado College, serving as the captain, racking up PIM, dominating the game physically, and serving as a leader.
After a few years developing with the Bruins and playing with their AHL-affiliate in Providence, he was finally ready to enter the NHL in 2005. Providing a strong performance in the defenssive zone, combined with hitting and shot-blocking ability, Stuart was proving to be a solid defender to have on the bottom-pairing.
August 22 2016 12:00PM
This off-season has brought a lot of change for the Calgary Flames, as the organization has swapped a lot of bodies in and out – both on and off the ice. In addition to the on-ice acquisitions of Brian Elliott, Chad Johnson, Troy Brouwer and Matthew Tkachuk, the club has also added a new head coach in Glen Gulutzan and a pair of new assistant coaches in Paul Jerrard and Dave Cameron.
One of the big criticisms that many observers had of former Flames coach Bob Hartley was his special teams performance and deployments. Now that there's a new bench boss, it's likely a good time to take a look at what the Flames have available to kick off 2016-17 in terms of special teams – as they were among the worst in the entire NHL in that realm. Who should be on the power play and the penalty kill this season? And, anticipating how the roster might shake out, what's the best way to balance out ice-time and high-pressure, high-leverage minutes?
August 20 2016 08:00AM
Sean Monahan has signed a lengthy new contract that will keep him wearing red through 2023. Now that the ink is drying on his deal, Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving can (hopefully) finish up work on Johnny Gaudreau's new deal... while keeping an eye on everyone's favourite thing, the salary cap.
Don't look now, gang, but the Flames will have almost no wiggle room this season regardless of how rich Gaudreau's deal ends up being.
August 19 2016 11:00AM
Measuring performance within a single game is a tricky thing: it’s why we insist on large samples of games before we make judgements on whether a performance is repeatable. Unfortunately, there is no single stat that takes into account all the various metrics that we value that occur in a single game.
That is, there wasn’t until Dom Luszcsyszyn unveiled his Game Score statistic on Hockey Graphs a few weeks ago .
Game Score uses a variety of metrics that we know and love, including both standard and fancy stats, and rolls them into one, simple number. I was so enthralled by this that I was determined to apply his formula to the Canucks’ 2015-16 season and see who had the best individual games, and who had consistently good ones.
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August 19 2016 05:00AM
Leafs shouldn't be tanking, the Canucks climb back up the standings, Red Wings re-live jail, comparing Gaudreau to the NHL's best, Oilers building on inheritance, a KHL player goes crazy, NCAA free agent frenzy, no goalie equipment changes, new advanced stats and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.