November 29 2012 01:39PM
One of the ongoing projects I worked on at The Copper and Blue was the Top 25 Under 25. The series began with Ben Massey asking a very important point about the evaluation of young players: "determining when one has gone from prospect to player is more a matter of half-baked opinion and guesswork than rigorous statistical analysis." The result was a look at the best young players in the organization under 25 years old no matter how many NHL games those players might have played. It's a practice that gives us a much better look at what the future holds because we're no longer omitting a team's very best young players.
Of course, at the Copper and Blue, I was focused on the Oilers. That gave our readers an idea about the quality of players in Edmonton, but didn't offer much as far as comparison with other teams. Today, I'm beginning a series that will look at the top five players under 25, first comparing teams with the others in their division, and then comparing the best teams in each division with one another. After the jump, we begin with the Atlantic working our way fifth to the team with the best young players in the division.
November 28 2012 02:28PM
If you’ve had difficulty getting your head around the numbers being tossed around during the NHL lockout regarding the financial situations the league’s 30 teams find themselves in, there’s good reason – at least if you look at the numbers published in Forbes Magazine today.
November 28 2012 12:29PM
Forbes annual look at the business of hockey was released on Wednesday, and if their estimates are accurate Canadian NHL teams are far and away the healthiest group of franchises in the game.
November 27 2012 04:49PM
This new, regular feature on NHLNumbers will share interesting stats-related posts from around the web almost every day.
Welcome to edition number 17 of the rebooted Number Chains. In this space you will be able to find the best analytical hockey writing from around the internet on a close-to-daily basis. Subject matter will include statistical evaluation, financial analysis, contractual issues, and (sometimes) closely-related tangential works. If you have something you would like to submit for a future edition (your writing or that of someone else) feel free to send it to me via Twitter @JoshL1220 or leave a comment.
On Reddit, David Backes, Mathieu Schneider, and Kevin Westgarth did an Ask Me Anything (AMA) chat session. The entire thing is worth reading. Among the highlights:
David Backes on Sidney Crosby
Honest answer is that he is the best player in the game bar none. That being said he is always looking for an edge and that includes working the officials which rubs a lot of guys the wrong way. I haven't had kind feelings for him until this summer working with him in the negotiating room and seeing who is as a person. He is a true ambassador for the game and someone who has gained my respect. - DB
Mathieu Schneider on why he is so "hip"
TOTALLY didn't you see my blog when I was with the Canucks. Short lived until Vigneault ran me out of town :) . My kids have taught me everything I know about Reddit.
Also, David Backes confirms that the members of the NHLPA do, in fact, have an app which gives them lockout updates.
Unfortunately, there is very little in the chat session about the actual lock out. It's still interesting nonetheless.
After the jump mediation, Twitter hacking, and stats-related posts are waiting.
November 26 2012 05:16PM
By Cipriansjr [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Over the last month or so, I have looked at where most NCAA draft picks come from and how often those picks turn into NHL-ers. From this, it was determined that most NHL draft picks come from schools out of the WCHA or CCHA conferences with Minnesota, North Dakota and Michigan leading the way. We know which schools most of the picks are coming from, but a way to expand this study is to see which rounds in the draft these picks are coming from and which schools are being targeted earlier than others.
If you look at some of the recent draft classes, one thing you may notice is that most of the earlier picks come from the major-junior ranks or a European league rather than the NCAA. This year, there were six NCAA committed players selected in the first round and only two the year before. It is understandable to see why there aren’t many NCAA players selected earlier in the draft because their commitment prevents them from making the NHL sooner than a junior hockey star who could possibly have a shot of making the NHL out of training camp. Most prospects aren’t ready at such an early age so this may not be as big of a factor but I’m sure it crosses some team’s minds.
How often are NCAA prospects taken in the first round? Are certain schools targeted earlier than others? How often do picks from the NCAA develop into regular NHL-ers? We will look at all of these issues after the jump.