May 30 2014 03:30PM


It's Friday and don't, for one second, pretend you're working on anything. You may as well read this Playoff Pool update to see how badly I suck and how my dreams of Internet prizery are being replaced by the stench of failure and loneliness. Somewhere out there, Chris Kelly is laughing at me. He's pointing at his screen and mocking my stupidity. Not only did I choose an injured player for my roster, I didn't take a single Canadien,NY Ranger or Chicago Blackhawk. Now, the only thing left for me to stare at the concrete as I plummet to earth and wait for impact. This is my life at the bottom, laugh if you must.

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The #Logoff Podcast: Mr.Fin Says Joe Thornton Will Be a Montreal Canadien!

Dimitri Filipovic
May 29 2014 02:43PM

I must say that red looks good on ya, Joe.

Earlier in the week we had planned to record a podcast on Thursday afternoon, in which we'd preview the Stanley Cup Final and recap each of the Conference Finals. But then things happened, and each of the respective series extended to the point where we were left high and dry.

So we made do with what we had, and talked about #hot topics such as "is Rene Bourque actually good?", "is Alexei Emelin better than Cam's toaster?", "why does the general public love Jonathan Quick so much?", and "is Michal Handzus better than Sidney Crosby?". Only one of those was made up, but the rest were actually discussed.

Then we rang up Friend of the Podcast Mr.Fin to answer some questions from our devoted Twitter followers, before he dropped the bombshell that we based the title of this week's edition of the #LogOff Podcast on. 

Click past the jump to listen. 

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Brian Sutherby
May 29 2014 09:30AM


The NHL's version of speed dating is going on this week.  For players, it's their first real glimpse of what the next level will entail.  It’s exciting and also a little scary at the same time.

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Journal of Hockey Analytics: Volume I Issue 3

Josh W
May 26 2014 01:05PM


Courtesy of @GoalieWays

Welcome back to this weeks Journal of Hockey Analytics to help with all your boring Mondays at work, and all your future hockey analytics research.  In this week we look at how simple drafting rules can beat scouts, reviewing some raw season long zone entry data and even some junior level analytics to analyze Griffin Reinhart.

For all your links, continue past the jump!

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Justin's NHL Draftbook (2013-1963)

Justin Fisher
May 25 2014 01:44PM

Hello friends, 

I've been working on this NHL draft selection database on and off over the past year. I've simply referred to it as a 'Draftbook'. It took a while to build it, clean it up, and then decide what to do with it... but now that it's 'finished' I've decided to simply post it online for everyone to download and use.

So what is it? Well, it's a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet of every player that has been drafted into the NHL since 1963. Data fields include draft position, player names, player positions, teams, height, weight, amateur teams and amateur leagues. 

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