August 05 2016 08:43AM
What should we consider a success when looking at a five-year span of NHL drafts? If a team lands one superstar and a few solid players is that good? Do you need to have one solid player from each year? I think we will all have different views of success, and after a conversation on twitter with Jonathan Willis I wanted to look at all 30 teams draft success between 2007-2011.
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August 05 2016 05:00AM
Leafs frontrunners for Vesey, are the Canucks D good enough now, referees in Calgary, a lot of Gretzky's in Edmonton, Bobby Hull deserves a snub, analytics debate roars again, superstars fight and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
August 04 2016 11:00AM
T.J. Brodie has to be one of the NHL's most under-appreciated players. This past season, he was 11th in ice time per game out of all defenders with 25:15. His 45 points in 70 games saw him place 18th out of all defencemen; change that to points per game, and he jumps up to 13th.
He could very easily be considered a number one guy, were it not for the fact his defence partner is Mark Giordano. Even then, though, the two put up such formidable numbers together, one could easily make a case for them being one of the very best defence pairings in the league.
And yet, Brodie's name doesn't carry the weight Giordano's does. His cap hit of just $4.65 million doesn't carry it, either.
In the upcoming 2016-17 season, Brodie will be 51st in cap hits out of all defencemen.
August 04 2016 10:00AM
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August 04 2016 08:00AM
Today we'll take all of my accrued Flames data and compare it against the opposition to see how things shake out.
Reminder: I reviewed every played minute of each game in question, broke the data down into called and uncalled infractions, then into physical and technical categories and ranked them on a scale: 0 for fantasy or ghost calls, 1 for weak or marginal, 2 for fair or earned, 3 for blatant or obvious.
I realize that a five game sample is in no way statistically significant, therefore what I'm looking at here is using the data collected to examine things from more of a sociological perspective. In other words, looking at behaviours of the teams and officials, asserting or refuting arguments with regards to referees and how they officiate the game, and so on.