April 14 2013 06:56AM
Photo by Robert Kowal via Wikimedia Commons
The season winds down and only a few playoff positions are still open. We're still churning through our power rankings model based on underlying statistics and their predicative ability. Our rankings aren't based solely on the current NHL standings, though points earned are a portion of the model, they are based on a number of underlying metrics so the rankings are constantly in flux.
We're still tweaking the model, so we're not quite ready to unveil it, but consider this NHLNumbers' current best effort at predicting the standings and playoff pairings at the end of the season. One item of note - 38% of the game is luck, and we don't attempt to predict or model that 38%, and we don't plan to.
April 13 2013 09:42AM
Photo by: Bri Weldon, via Wikipedia Commons
Barring a very late surprise run up these rankings, the players at the top of these rankings have broken up into a couple of very clear stratifications. Seth Jones is a clear #1 at this point, with 6 of the 7 1st-place rankings among our sources. Then the next two on the list - Halifax teammates Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin are well ahead of the rest of the pack. And mirroring that same gap, Aleksander Barkov and Valeri Nichushkin are now well clear at #4 and #5.
Nichushkin, the big (6'4 198) Russian winger is the biggest mover in the top 18 this month, up two spots to #5. He's had a marvelous KHL playoffs as his Traktor Chelyabinsk team has advanced to the Gagarin Cup Finals against Dynamo Moscow. But Nichushkin will not see the end of the series - he's been at the centre of a national controversy, and will leave to play with the national team after game 4.
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.
April 08 2013 05:29PM
Steve Mason signed a $1.5 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers for the 2013-14 season on Monday. It wasn’t a surprising development after the Flyers were willing to spend a draft pick acquiring him in trade, but it remains a poor decision for a hockey club with a long history of making poor decisions in net.
It’s bad enough that there’s a pretty good argument to be made that the Flyers would have been better off promoting a good goalie out of the AHL or the top European leagues instead of signing Mason.