June 13 2013 01:01PM
If you've been reading me for a couple years, you'd know by now that I have a lot of respect for David Poile and Don Maloney, two general managers who had consecutive playoff appearances despite playing in small markets without big-name stars. Those teams are the Nashville Predators and Phoenix Coyotes, respectively, but you could probably add in Doug Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues and Garth Snow of the New York Islanders. The Blues were a floor team this season, won 29 games (4th in the NHL) after a year they won 49 games (also 4th in the NHL). They'll probably have a higher salary cap this season, because they have four of their stars needing new contracts, but they drafted and developed possibly better than any team in the league, finding lots of hidden gems in the later parts of the first round.
June 13 2013 10:14AM
Yesterday we asked readers network-wide to vote their choices for the first 10 slots in this year’s entry draft. The results are in; which teams landed which players?
June 12 2013 12:20PM
Tyler Dellow recently observed that hockey analysis is encountering a problem that has been a significant issue for analysts in other sports.
In short, the community does not get as much out of people with expert technical knowledge about statistical analysis as it could because those people are often unaware of much excellent work that has been published on blogs and therefore direct their high-powered tools towards outdated problems.
Yesterday on Twitter, an academic paper ("Estimating player contribution in hockey with regularized logistic regression") made the rounds and received some criticism. I have emailed the authors to make suggestions in the hopes of helping get them up to speed on what is already known so that their future analyses can do more to advance the community.
The text of that email is below.
June 12 2013 08:29AM
Mock drafts are popular this time of year, and we’ve decided to do something a little different at the Nation this summer. Instead of presenting our picks, we’ll show consensus rankings and offer up scouting reports, than ask our readers to vote on the order they would select those players in.
We start with the top-10 selections.
June 11 2013 12:12PM
With the two respective Conference Finals in the books, we try to make sense of what happened. How were the Bruins and Blackhawks able to win? Did the matchups live up to the hype? And what do we expect to take place in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final?
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