Was Gretzky good, average or bad at drafting?

Jason Gregor
August 05 2016 08:43AM

LookingBack

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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NHL and Analytics: Not as clear cut as we think

Jason Gregor
July 19 2016 12:44PM

Math

Is the NHL opposed to analytics?

Not at all, but teams will not quantify their value equally all the time, just like pro and amateur scouts grade out players differently when they watch them.

The simple truth is analytics in hockey are not as clear cut as some want to believe.

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Patience for Puljujarvi

Jason Gregor
July 14 2016 12:47PM

Puljujarvi

The Edmonton Oilers signed Jesse Puljujarvi to a three-year entry level contract yesterday, with a $3.425 million cap hit. His base salary is $925,000. The Oilers happily selected Jesse Puljujarvi with the fourth selection at the NHL draft in June. Many didn’t expect him to be there, but the Columbus Blue Jackets preferred Pierre-Luc Dubois and took him third.

Oilersnation erupted in celebration. Puljujarvi is 6’4” and 208 pounds. He is huge. He can skate and he was the best player at the World Junior Championships. He looks like a great bet to be a solid NHL player, but history suggests it won’t happen right away.

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Great players left off of Canada's roster

Jason Gregor
May 27 2016 10:45AM

WorldCup

The final rosters for the World Cup of Hockey will be announced today. Finland, Russia, Sweden and the Czech Republic filled out their 23-man rosters this morning, and the remaining four teams will be named this afternoon.

When Canada's final roster is finalized there will be a lot of debate among passionate Canadian fans. Some very good players won't make the roster, but will we see ten eventual Hall of Famers omitted?

That is what happened in 1991.

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Monday Musings...

Jason Gregor
January 12 2015 03:31PM

monday musings

It was another rollercoaster weekend for Oilers fans. You were on a high after Friday's convincing victory over Chicago, but the winning ride didn't last long after yesterday's loss to the Florida Panthers.

We are officially past the halfway point of the NHL season, with only the Rangers, Canucks, Panthers and Blue Jackets not playing 41 games, but we've seen 627 of 1230 games played.

Here are some thoughts on the first half and some expectations for the second.

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