The Calder Trophy race: Can anyone catch Filip Forsberg?

Cam Lewis
February 17 2015 08:20AM

Along with the NHL’s playoff races, the competition for the league’s individual awards is heating up as we head into the final stretch of the season. Of all the awards, the Calder Trophy seems to be the most obvious choice at this point. Filip Forsberg has already put up 19 goals and 50 points and has helped his Nashville Predators transform from a middling team into a legitimate Stanley Cup threat. While Forsberg’s season has been incredibly impressive, a few other guys — including a 19-year old rock in Florida — may give him a run for money when it’s all said and done.

Let’s take a look.

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Draft Viz: Some interesting looks of the draft

Garret Hohl
February 15 2015 05:07PM

The draft is one of the most interesting places to investigate in hockey. You have predictive analytics, growth curves, game theory, opportunity costs, and many other areas of study interacting.

Sometimes I find information interesting, anecdotal or otherwise, but doesn't really pertain relatively speaking to what I'm focusing on. I recently fiddled with the draft vizualization centre (over at hockeyprospectus.com by Matt Pfeffer) and found some interesting trends.

I thought I'd share these trends:

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Who are the frontrunners for the Norris Trophy?

Cam Lewis
February 14 2015 07:30AM

We’re into the final stretch of the season, and as playoff races heat up, so do the races for individual awards. As it sits right now, this is a really close race. The pack is being led by a combination of familiar faces who always seem to be in the discussion for the league’s top defenceman, but a duo from Calgary has broken into the pack. While there have been a whole bunch of really strong performances from defencemen this season, these five players seem to stand out more than others.

Let’s take a look

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Stars acquire goaltender Jhonas Enroth from the Buffalo Sabres

Thomas Drance
February 11 2015 02:49PM

The Dallas Stars have belatedly upgraded their goaltending by acquiring legitimately good if undersized netminder Jhonas Enroth from the busy Buffalo Sabres. The deal has been confirmed by both clubs, and the Sabres will receive a conditional third-round pick in return for their most frequent starting netminder.

The Stars have received the second worst overall goaltending in hockey this season and were desperate to add some help in net. Adding Enroth, a pending unrestricted free agent, is a quality move, though it's possible that the move will prove to be too little, too late for the Stars. 

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Why Tyler Myers isn't much of an upgrade on Zach Bogosian

Garret Hohl
February 11 2015 12:56PM

In case you slept in this morning, which I definitely didn't do, the Winnipeg Jets made a big trade today. 

No longer Kevin "no NHL player-for-player trades" Cheveldayoff, the Jets General Manager was able to move Evander Kane to the Buffalo Sabres. An interesting side plot though was the additional trade of young, right-handed defensemen Zach Bogosian and Tyler Myers.

Let's look at what the numbers say about this swap.

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