NHLNumbers Season Preview: Power Rankings No. 15-11

Cam Lewis
October 10 2016 01:25PM

Now we're beginning to inch towards the contenders. These are playoff teams. Well, they should be, so long as everything goes according to plan. These are teams with the upside to do some damage in the playoffs, but they're far enough from sure things that it's just as easy to visualize them on the outside looking in. These are teams 15-11 on the NHLN power rankings. 

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Projecting Rickard Rakell and Hampus Lindholm's Next Contracts

Pat Keogh
October 10 2016 11:22AM

The Anaheim Ducks are in a pickle. While they’ve got two young, budding stars in Swedes Rickard Rakell and Hampus Lindholm they’ve also got something of a cap crunch on their hands. 

As a result, the pair of restricted free agents have gone unsigned and may miss time during the regular season that begins in just a few days. While the matter of how the Ducks will manage to sign both players with just $7.5 million in cap space is a discussion for another day, it’s worth looking at, in a vacuum, what kind of contracts the players might receive.

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Highlights from the Waiver Wire, 10/10/16 Edition

Jonathan Willis
October 10 2016 10:25AM

We've been waiting for a while for the good names to start showing up on the waiver wire. On Monday, it happened.

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Are Bigger Goalies Better At Stopping Medium Or Low Danger Shots?

October 10 2016 07:00AM

The biggest roster move the Leafs made this summer was acquiring Frederik Andersen from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for 30th overall, a 2017 second round draft pick, and Jonathan Bernier.  One of the things that jumps out about Andersen is his size.  At 6'4" and 230 pounds, he's one of the NHL's larger goalies, both in terms of height and width.  Lamoriello said that was one of the things the Leafs liked about Andersen: "He gives us size which today is a necessity the way the game is played."  Lou followed up by adding that, "his athleticism is exceptional."

While goaltending analysis has a lot of room to grow, we have a couple of extra tools available today than we did a few years ago.  One of the things we can do is splitting up the shots a goalie faces based on "danger zones".  If we divide shots into low, medium, and high danger zones (far, medium, and close distance, respectively), it turns out that whether low or medium danger shots become goals is almost entirely random.  It seems to be the case that the only shots where differences in goaltender talent matter much are high danger shots.

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Highlights from the waiver wire: 10/9/16 edition

Jonathan Willis
October 09 2016 04:00PM

Ten more players were placed on waivers on Sunday, including a pair of established NHL forwards.

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