Calgary's individual Corsi differentials are a mixed bag

Ryan Pike
January 02 2017 02:00PM

If you've been reading this site for very long, you've probably figured out that we value shot metrics like Corsi in evaluating players. That's because goals are rare in hockey and to determine how much a player actually drives play – and helps their team win – we have to rely on more common events like shots, missed shots and blocked shots (otherwise known as Corsi events).

One simple way of looking at a player's performance is through their Corsi differential: subtracting their on-ice Corsi events against from their Corsi events for at five-on-five. We've collected Corsi differentials for most of the Flames regulars for each of the past three seasons, along with their offensive zone start percentages to give some context to their numbers.

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Canucks assign Andrey Pedan to Utica

Ryan Biech
January 02 2017 11:35AM

It was announced this morning that defenceman Andrey Pedan has been returned to the Utica Comets

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Oilers recall Anton Lander, assign Taylor Beck to Bakersfield

Jonathan Willis
January 02 2017 11:14AM

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Taylor Beck, we hardly knew you. On Monday, the Edmonton Oilers re-assigned Beck to the AHL, making room for the recall of Anton Lander from Bakersfield.

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By The Numbers: Despite struggles, Hellebuyck has been better than what Jets are used to

Garret Hohl
January 02 2017 08:00AM

Winnipeg Jet goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has his ups and downs, but with 54 games under his belt Connor Hellebuyck has stopped 91.3 percent of shots, or 92.9 when looking exclusively for 5v5 situations.

Despite some recent struggles and public outcry, Hellebuyck has been better than what Winnipeg has experienced yet.

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World Juniors: A Prime Prospect Primer

Megan Kim
January 01 2017 06:25PM

It's the most wonderful time of the year! The hectic holiday frenzy is dying down, you've survived another round of extended family visits, and 2017 dawns like a blank canvas full of unlocked potential. More importantly, though, we're done with the group stage of World Juniors and are heading into quarterfinals!

The shocker this year is, of course, Finland in the relegation round. Beyond that, things have shaken out about as we all expected. Sweden, USA, Canada, and Russia are probably the teams that will challenge for the gold, barring a miracle run from one of the other four teams. (If a miracle run happens, no doubt plenty of people would be thrilled if it came from the upstart Danes, who have already captured our hearts with their... visor spray celebrations?)

In any case, one of the best things about World Juniors is the chance to watch top prospects with your own two eyes in glorious high definition, rather than depending on scouting reports or shoddy streams of questionable legality. 

In honor of the bracket play starting tomorrow, here's a list of #fun prospects to keep an eye on as we watch a bunch of teenagers. Some have been drafted already, some are draft-eligible this year, and one notable name is eligible in 2018. The only thing they have in common is that they're all skaters. (No goalies, at least not until we have a slightly larger #SampleSize.) Seriously, it's just a bunch of guys you should watch, because they are probably going to be doing cool things. 

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