2013 NHL Mock Draft - Is Colorado Bluffing With Seth Jones?

Derek Zona
June 27 2013 09:52AM

Joe Sakic
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 The top of the draft is a jumble.  The first four men in the Consensus Rankings are seperated by the slimmest of margins and any of them will certainly help Colorado, Florida, Tampa and Nashville.  The biggest story thus far is Joe Sakic publicly declaring Nathan MacKinnon as the man for the Avs, passing on local boy and franchise defenseman Seth Jones.  Dale Tallon is pinching himself.

Calgary and Columbus will each pick three times in the first round, for Columbus, fans hope it's the final chapter in the second-worst saga in the NHL as Jarmo Kekalainen begins anew after having ended the reign of terror.  For Calgary, fans hope Jay Feaster can fix everything that's gone wrong since 2005.

The sources for the consensus list are Bob McKenzie, Future Considerations, ISS, The Hockey News, 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.

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2013 NHL Draft Rankings Consensus Top 100 - A Photo Finish

Derek Zona
June 26 2013 08:30PM

 

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This is a race that goes down to the wire.  Seth Jones took over from Nathan MacKinnon early, but never quite slipped the #2 ranked player.  Meanwhile Jonathan Drouin stalked the top spot, while Sasha Barkov set records in the SM-liiga and kept chugging along 4th overall.  The gap in the Consensus Rankings between #1 Seth Jones and #4 Sasha Barkov is smaller than the gap between last year's #1 Nail Yakupov and #2 Filip Forsberg.  There's a bunch of talent at the top, and it's closely bunched.  Seems like any pick in the top four will be a good one, regardless of where they're taken.

The sources for the consensus list are Bob McKenzie, Future Considerations, ISS, The Hockey News, 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.

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The Friends with Numbers Podcast: Stanley Cup Final Recap

Dimitri Filipovic
June 26 2013 01:09PM

 

A memorable Stanley Cup Final is in the books, and the Chicago Blackhawks are the newly crowned champions. We take a look back at the 6-game series, debate who should have won the Conn Smythe, and try to figure out where this series stacks up against ones from previous years (in terms of entertainment value). At the end, we shift our attention towards the offseason, with a discussion about the Jonathan Bernier trade and Ilya Bryzgalov buyout.

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Which NHL teams employ "zone matching" the most?

Cam Charron
June 24 2013 07:31PM


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With John Tortorella coming to Vancouver, I admit I'm quite curious as to how he stacks up compared to Alain Vigneault in "zone matching", the practice of having your more offensive centremen take faceoffs in the offensive zone and your more defensive forwards take faceoffs in the defensive zone.

Thomas Drance made the point over at Canucks Army that Alain Vigneault is going to become very familiar with Brian Boyle this season. Boyle, like Manny Malhotra or Maxim Lapierre in Vancouver, took a large percentage of his faceoffs in the defensive end, while Brad Richards and Derek Stepan were left with a lot more offensive zone opportunities.

Tortorella, like Vigneault, subscribes to the practice. Here's a primer on zone matching, along with a comment that the practice has become increasingly more common over the last two seasons. Which teams did it the most in 2013?

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PRAY FOR CALGARY

Wanye
June 21 2013 11:53AM

 

Terrible times today for our neighbours down the QEII highway as 100,000 people in 26 communities have been evacuated from their homes due to flooding by recent heavy rains.

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