Prospect Statistics Have Moved Far Beyond Looking at Point Totals

Jeremy Davis
September 19 2017 09:29AM

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I, like many hockey nuts across Canada, have a subscription to the Athletic. It’s one of the few sports publications I’ve been willing to pay for, and that has a lot to do with their lineup of writers. Analytically oriented writers Tyler Dellow and Dom Luszczyszyn played a major role in that, not to mention that them landing Corey Pronman allowed me to discontinue my ESPN Insider subscription. Another major factor was the hiring of Justin Bourne, whose most recent gig was as a video coach for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies.

What got me excited about the Bourne addition is that his focus area has previously been on scouting and systems analysis, which is an area that I’d like to improve in. I was genuinely obsessed with the systems articles that he used to produce for The Score before taking the job with the Marlies in 2015.

While I’m still looking forward to what Bourne has to say about hockey strategies and video analysis for both NHL and non-NHL players, one of his recent articles for The Athletic suggests to me that his knowledge of prospect statistics and analytics is lagging a bit behind. The piece, titled “When Evaluating Players, Gauging Opportunity They’ve Been Given is Crucial” laments the lack of available statistics for prospects beyond raw points. (Paywall, obviously.)

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The Nation Notebook: Demers to Arizona, Pastrnak Finally Signs, and Ducks Injuries

Christian Pagnani
September 18 2017 09:00AM

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‎The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don’t quite deserve their own article. 

The Florida Panthers trade Jason Demers to Arizona. David Pastrnak signs long-term with Boston. The Ducks will have to deal with some significant injuries to start the season. Please, won’t someone please think of Matt Duchene?!

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Finding the next Patrick Maroon

Christian Pagnani
September 13 2017 03:33PM

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The Patrick Maroon trade is one of Peter Chiarelli’s best trades. It’s a unanimous win for Edmonton: they gave up very little (Martin Gernat and a fourth round pick), got Anaheim to retain salary, and received a player who’s played in their top-six for $1.5 million a year.

Maroon has 56 points in 97 games since coming over to the Oilers, including 35 goals, which is in range of both Jordan Eberle (60 points in 100 games) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (47 points in 91 games), but at a much lower price than their $6 million cap hits. Maroon’s played with one of the league’s best, if not the best, players in Connor McDavid, a luxury RNH hasn’t shared. Eberle did, and his stats didn’t skyrocket as many expected.

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Identifying Injury Risks Before the Season Even Starts

Jayson Spikes
September 13 2017 03:29PM

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NHL training camps open across the league this week and the buzz is back in the air! But before rosters can be pared down and preseason games can be played, the players will be put through a battery of tests. And while the off-ice fitness portion of training camp isn't the sexiest, I wanted to discuss its importance.

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NHL expansion or relocation to Seattle becoming more realistic

Cam Lewis
September 12 2017 11:20AM

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It was a decade ago that the SuperSonics limped into their final season in Seattle. After a miserable 2007-08 campaign, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz sold the team and its new prize, Kevin Durant, to a group of businessmen from Oklahoma City, and the Sonics became the Thunder. 

Now, after years of speculation and failed proposals, Seattle has a timeline for the possible return of the NBA — and a brand new expansion into the NHL. On Monday, it was announced that Oak View Group (OVG), led by former Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke, and the city have reached an agreement to renovate KeyArena and have it suitable for professional sports by as early as 2020

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