February 01 2013 02:28PM
Sure, the NHL season is just seven games old, but for draft watchers, it's never too early to play with mock drafts. With the posting of our most recent Consensus Top 100, we can debut our first edition of the 2013 NHL Mock Entry Draft. For the first time since 2006, the Oilers aren't at the very top of the mock draft list, meaning some other team gets to brag about their beuild through terrible play. This year's first candidate is the Washington Capitals, who are currently using the most prolific goal-scorer of the last 10 years in a checking capacity.
Also of note: Columbus currently has three picks in the top 12, their own (#5) the Kings (as a result of the Jeff Carter trade) and the Rangers (as a result of the Rick Nash trade).
The mock draft uses the NHL standings as of this morning for the selection priority and the NHL Numbers Consensus Top 100 List for the picks. The sources for the consensus list are Bob McKenzie, Future Considerations, ISS, Ryan Kennedy, Craig Button, Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus, and The Scouting Report. Their rankings are weight by their accuracy in ranking previous drafts: Bob McKenzie's rankings carry the most weight as he's the most accurate prognosticator in the group.
January 31 2013 07:32PM
Rasmus Ristolainen remains a fixture in the top 10.
Photo by: Tuomas Vitikainen, via Wikimedia Commons
The 2013 NHL Draft is shaping up to be a boring one, outside of the 1 vs. 2 debate, akin to the 2010 "Taylor vs. Tyler" debate. Halifax Moosehead centre Nathan MacKinnon and Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones still have a stranglehold on the top two spots and Aleksander Barkov has locked down #3.
Swedes are slumping, the Q is rising and as always, everyone is unsure about the Russians in the 2013 NHL Draft Consensus Ranking.
The sources for the consensus list are Bob McKenzie, Future Considerations, ISS, Ryan Kennedy, Craig Button, Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus, and The Scouting Report. Their rankings are weight by their accuracy in ranking previous drafts: Bob McKenzie's rankings carry the most weight as he's the most accurate prognosticator in the group.
January 31 2013 09:49AM
Boy, does it feel good to finally have hockey to talk about. We broached the topic of when the sample size becomes large enough to take seriously, and when we expect the wheels to come off for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens. Plus, we marvel at the individual cases of Patrick Marleau, Marc-Andre Bergeron, and Daniel Winnik.
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January 28 2013 09:41AM
There's no place to get all 30 NHL team PDO numbers, so I thought I may as well place them here every Monday morning. I explain PDO as a team-level stat at this post over at the Backhand Shelf, although there's obviously much more detailed studies of PDO throughout the hockey statistical blogosphere.
I took the numbers from Behind The Net.ca's team pages and sorted it into a spreadsheet, for everybody's benefit...
January 27 2013 02:16PM
Our third installment of transactions-weekly-round-up-mania moves forward this sunny Sunday afternoon. The pace has slowed down considerably from last week, but the size of (some of) the moves is still considerable. The week in transactions and analysis for all the moves is yours once you follow the jump.