The Fantasy Minute

Nation World HQ
March 28 2014 07:21AM

Your fantasy hockey news and players to look for on the waiver wire this week.

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FenwickElo - Elo Rating System for the NHL Part 2

Josh W
March 26 2014 01:47PM


In my last post I introduced the concept of the Elo Rating System to use in evaluating NHL players. As a quick reminder the theory of the Elo Rating system was to try and rank players in the NHL based on who are on the ice for a lot of goals for vs against while trying to adjust for Quality of Competition and Quality of Teammates.

The previous version was based on goal data only. This was due to a couple reasons, mostly due to speed issues as well as the length of time it takes to parse an NHL Play by Play Sheet (due to their horribly written HTML markup). This version I am introducing in this post is based shot data, as many of you have come back to me and suggested.

Read past the jump to learn the newest methods, results and more.

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March 21 2014 11:44AM

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Now most of my hockey fantasies include Jordan Eberle, a bottle of sherry, a roaring fire and a DVD of All Dogs Go To Heaven. So when I heard about a video called the Fantasy Minute I was understandably excited.

Today we are introducing the Fantasy Minute but be forewarned - it's about fantasy hockey not necessarily fantasies about hockey. Oh and the mega babe host. No big deal.

*cackles wildly*

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Elo for Evaluating Players

Josh W
March 18 2014 12:06PM


If you've ever seen the movie The Social Network you will remember the scene early on where Mark Zuckerberg creates a website which allows the students of Harvard to compare and rate the hotness of two randomly selected females from the university and over time this allowed the campus to see who the collective student body thought was the "hottest" looking.

The very algorithm that was explained to Zuckerberg by Edwardo Saverin was the Elo rating system and lately I've been playing with it to see how it can work in the context of rating hockey players.

Read on past the jump to learn the method and results.

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Trade Deadline Day Running Diary

Dimitri Filipovic
March 05 2014 06:13AM

The 2014 Trade Deadline came and went. Following a busy prelude yesterday, it was difficult to gauge whether it was just the tip of the iceberg and a sign of things to come, or whether the teams that intended on being feisty had already blown their loads.

After the fact I'd say the answer was "both", sort of. The festivities - as they're one to do - started off with a largely slow, boring build-up. Based on my extensive field research, I'd say a large majority of people came into the day thinking there could really be some fireworks after being lured in and teased yesterday. So there was a lot of moaning, and groaning, and complaining. Nothing new there.

But sure enough, as we reached the noon PST deadline itself, trades began to come in bunches as some relatively big names were moved. Unfortunately for a lot of readers of this blog, there was one name in particular that wasn't moved and really stuck out - that being Ryan Kesler

Anyways, we spent the full morning updating this post in the style of a running diary, with a live chat mixed in as well. If you were working and missed out on it all, hopefully you'll be able to use this as a tool to get caught up. And even if you were actually around throughout, maybe you'll still be able to make some use of this bad boy. After all, Twitter is so active that things can slip through the cracks even for the most observant of fans!

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