2016 World Cup of Hockey Preview: Group A

Jonathan Willis
September 15 2016 07:30AM


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With the preliminary round out of the way, the 2016 World Cup of Hockey is ready to get down to the contests that actually count this weekend. Group A will feature the marquee matchup of Canada vs. the United States, along with the less-heralded Czech Republic and Team Europe.

Here’s how those countries stack up.

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Using Marcel Projections for Goalies in the 2016-17 season

FooledbyGrittiness
September 14 2016 04:02PM

As most of us already know, goalies are "voodoo". 

This makes projecting how our favorite team's goalie will do next year (unless that goalie is Henrik Lundqvist) rather difficult. 

To help with that, we can make projections. It's never easy to project a player's performance for any upcoming season, but it's also not a futile exercise.Specifically I'll make Marcel projections for goalies. 

What's Marcel?

It's a forecasting model created by Tom Tango (some examples). He used it for baseball and we'll adapt it to hockey.  Of course, this has actually been done before for goalies here by Garik16. But while he used regular Sv%, I'll attempt to project Low/Mid/High Sv% (courtesy of Corsica.Hockey) as it gives us a better look at a goalie's performance.

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Jakub Nakladal and the cap space dilemma

Mike FAIL
September 14 2016 02:00PM

It's September, the World Cup of Hockey tournament is about to start for real, and the Calgary Flames still have to sign Johnny Gaudreau. But an underlying and rather valuable asset remains unsigned as well: Jakub Nakladal.

After his well above-average showing to close out last season, the Czech blueliner is among a small contingent of capable NHLers who may warrant a PTO or a contract - whether it's in the NHL or overseas - that can help improve a team immediately.

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Setting expectations for the 2016 Flames draft class

Ryan Pike
September 14 2016 12:00PM

Training camp is almost here, so we're taking a trip down memory lane and checking out previous Calgary Flames draft classes. Which picks are doing well? Which are doing poorly? And what are reasonable expectations for their performances this coming season?

We close out with the 2016 NHL Draft class! (NHLE calculations from the most recent Hockey Abstract revisions.)

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Talent Left Behind at the 2016 Draft

Jeremy Davis
September 14 2016 09:00AM

Draft Review - undrafted

On the third day of what I’ve deemed Draft Review Week, I thought I’d take a look at some draft eligible players that were left behind at the 2016 NHL Draft, in the vein of a Josh Weissbock post from last year. I was impressed by the idea behind this sort of thing: how great must one’s prospect knowledge be if they can pump out a bunch of names beyond the 211 players that had their names called at the draft two months ago?

Well it turned out to not be as hard as I thought it would. Maybe this is just a weird year (I’m pretty sure it was), but there were an odd number of players that went unselected after being ranked by several services in the top 90, for crying out loud. I’m not entirely sure what the deal is with that, but here are eleven players left over after the 2016 NHL Draft.

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