Number Chains - January 7th Links

Josh L.
January 07 2013 04:44PM

 

 

This new, regular feature on NHLNumbers will share interesting stats-related posts from around the web almost every day.

Welcome to your first post lockout links. In this space you will be able to find the best analytical hockey writing from around the internet on a close-to-daily basis. Subject matter will include statistical evaluation, financial analysis, contractual issues, and (sometimes) closely-related tangential works. If you have something you would like to submit for a future edition (your writing or that of someone else) feel free to send it to me via Twitter @JoshL1220 or leave a comment.

The NHL season reportedly is to get underway January 19th. Until then we have all sorts of hot stove action to discuss. Among the topics being thrown around today is the 2013 NHL Draft. At Hockey Prospectus, Corey Pronman released his midseason Top 50 rankings. His top three are as follows:

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Number Chains - January 6th Links

Josh L.
January 06 2013 04:43PM

 

 

This new, regular feature on NHLNumbers will share interesting stats-related posts from around the web almost every day.

Welcome to your first post lockout links. In this space you will be able to find the best analytical hockey writing from around the internet on a close-to-daily basis. Subject matter will include statistical evaluation, financial analysis, contractual issues, and (sometimes) closely-related tangential works. If you have something you would like to submit for a future edition (your writing or that of someone else) feel free to send it to me via Twitter @JoshL1220 or leave a comment.

I've been tired of writing about the lockout for quite a while now. So, let's sit down and discuss the lockout some more. This time at least we can finally say goodbye to the lockout once and for all. Details are beginning to come out about the new agreement. TSN (giving credit to Aaron Ward, Darren Dreger, and Pierre LeBrun) has the details as we currently know them:

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Number Chains - December 7, 2012 Links

Josh L.
December 07 2012 02:48PM

This new, regular feature on NHLNumbers will share interesting stats-related posts from around the web almost every day.

Welcome to edition number 18 of the rebooted Number Chains. In this space you will be able to find the best analytical hockey writing from around the internet on a close-to-daily basis. Subject matter will include statistical evaluation, financial analysis, contractual issues, and (sometimes) closely-related tangential works. If you have something you would like to submit for a future edition (your writing or that of someone else) feel free to send it to me via Twitter @JoshL1220 or leave a comment.

Back in November Chris Stevenson of The Ottawa Sun introduced the hockeyworld outside of North Texas to the thriving megalopolis of Plano, TX. He begins his story with an amusing data point:

This suburb in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex could very well be home to the top pick in the 2013 NHL draft, giving Plano two first-round picks in the last three years.

That's potentially two more than, say, Montreal has produced in that time.

He goes on to describe the successful efforts made by the Stars organization, which spurred the growth of these young players:

Plano is a prime example of the growth of hockey in the U.S. A non-traditional hockey market, the arrival of the Dallas Stars in 1993 -- the year Noesen was born -- planted another hockey seed in the American west.

Recognizing they needed to grow a generation of hockey fans -- what better way than to get them playing the game? -- the Stars, led by president Jim Lites (he's back for a third term under new owner Tom Gaglardi as president and CEO) and then-general manager Bob Gainey started an aggressive program that led to rink building (there are now six Dr. Pepper StarCenters in the Metroplex), a program that reawakened the passion for hockey in older fans and started a love for the game among younger ones.

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"The surprising part when we got there was there were a lot of latent hockey players from the Northeast, from Michigan, from different places in Canada who had put their skates away because they didn't think they had anywhere to play," said Gainey. "When we opened up the arena that we used as our practice facillity, one way to manage the ice and make some money was to run these rec leagues and they just exploded. There were a lot of people there already who had interest, but for lack of a way to express it had let it go."

And it continues to grow, despite what attendance figures would suggest. After the jump, a week's worth of hockey statistical-related content.

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Number Chains - November 27, 2012 Links

Josh L.
November 27 2012 04:49PM

This new, regular feature on NHLNumbers will share interesting stats-related posts from around the web almost every day.

Welcome to edition number 17 of the rebooted Number Chains. In this space you will be able to find the best analytical hockey writing from around the internet on a close-to-daily basis. Subject matter will include statistical evaluation, financial analysis, contractual issues, and (sometimes) closely-related tangential works. If you have something you would like to submit for a future edition (your writing or that of someone else) feel free to send it to me via Twitter @JoshL1220 or leave a comment.

On Reddit, David Backes, Mathieu Schneider, and Kevin Westgarth did an Ask Me Anything (AMA) chat session. The entire thing is worth reading. Among the highlights:

David Backes on Sidney Crosby

Honest answer is that he is the best player in the game bar none. That being said he is always looking for an edge and that includes working the officials which rubs a lot of guys the wrong way. I haven't had kind feelings for him until this summer working with him in the negotiating room and seeing who is as a person. He is a true ambassador for the game and someone who has gained my respect. - DB

Mathieu Schneider on why he is so "hip"

TOTALLY didn't you see my blog when I was with the Canucks. Short lived until Vigneault ran me out of town :) . My kids have taught me everything I know about Reddit.

Also, David Backes confirms that the members of the NHLPA do, in fact, have an app which gives them lockout updates.

Unfortunately, there is very little in the chat session about the actual lock out. It's still interesting nonetheless.

After the jump mediation, Twitter hacking, and stats-related posts are waiting.

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Number Chains - November 26, 2012 Links

Josh L.
November 26 2012 04:54PM

This new, regular feature on NHLNumbers will share interesting stats-related posts from around the web almost every day.

Welcome to edition number 16 of the rebooted Number Chains. In this space you will be able to find the best analytical hockey writing from around the internet on a close-to-daily basis. Subject matter will include statistical evaluation, financial analysis, contractual issues, and (sometimes) closely-related tangential works. If you have something you would like to submit for a future edition (your writing or that of someone else) feel free to send it to me via Twitter @JoshL1220 or leave a comment.

We start Monday off right, with what has been called the worst article ever on hockey ever written. It was written by Don Brennan and posted on Slam! Sports. In the article, Don advocates for owners using scabs.

A veteran told me a few days ago: “Put yourself in our shoes. What if your bosses at the Sun said you had to take a 25% pay cut. How would you like that?”

My reply? I wouldn’t. But if I made 70 grand, and they told me I was suddenly going to get half that, I’d sign the deal. I’d have to. I’d like to dig my heels in, but us people in the other working world don’t have the comfort of doing that.

Pretty sure I can’t just go and get a job writing for a paper in Europe, either. Nor can the best in my business.

It gets better.

Open the doors to people who will truly appreciate the job, guys who won’t mind fixing the problems your mismanagement will inevitably create.

They’ll work for less, so you can charge a lot less for tickets.

It's reverse outsourcing up in here. Bring in European hockey players, pay them significantly less in salary, and profit. I mean, it isn't like they could possibly know how much current NHL players make, or access the old Collective Bargaining Agreement under which they operated online in five seconds. The lockout has officially made people crazy.

Some more information on the economic impact of the lockout, decertification, and more after the jump.

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